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Accident: 202531679 - Employee Gets Middle Finger Amputation From A Drill Press

Accident: 202531679 -- Report ID: 0950664 -- Event Date: 01/15/2013
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31364719001/17/20131799California Comfort Systems, Inc.
On January 15, 2013, Employee #1 of California Comfort Systems was operating a portable drill press and suffered a finger amputation. The employee was drilling holes in a horizontal steel flange at the base of a tank called a beer well. Employee #1 was wearing gloves while using a Milwaukee heavy duty portable drill press with a magnetic base. When he tried to remove the swath (chips, cuttings) from the drill after it was lifted out of the cut, the spinning hole saw attachment on the drill grabbed his glove pulled it into the drill and amputated his finger.
Keywords: amputated, finger, glove, saw, drill press
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Manufacturing plant Alteration or rehabilitation $500,000 to $1,000,000 20
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313647190 Hospitalized injury Amputation Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters

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