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Accident: 202676151 - Worker'S Thumb Is Amputated When Power Saw Kicks Back

Accident: 202676151 -- Report ID: 0950621 -- Event Date: 03/21/2014
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31725001704/03/20141799Steve & Fred Larsh Dba Larshco Construction
At approximately 8:00 a.m. on March 21, 2014, Employee #1, employed by a construction contractor, was part of a crew installing a concrete patio at a single family residence. He was operating a Skilsaw circular power saw to cut a notch in a 2-inch by 4-inch piece of lumber. His intention was to create a screen for leveling out the concrete about to be poured into the concrete form for the patio. Employee #1 held onto the piece of wood with his left hand and operated the saw with his right hand. As he initiated a plunge cut into the wood, the saw kicked back. The saw blade made contact with Employee #1's left thumb, cutting it off at the joint. Emergency services were called, and Employee #1 was transported to Sutter Hospital, where he was admitted and treated for the finger amputation. It was not possible to reattach the finger. Employee #1 remained hospitalized overnight. At the time of this report, Employee #1 had not returned to work. This event was investigated by Cal/OSHA.
Keywords: kick back, amputated, installing, machine operator, construction, thumb, circular saw, electric saw, lumber, concrete
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Single family or duplex dwelling New project or new addition Under $50,000
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 317250017 Hospitalized injury Amputation Construction laborers FallDist:
Cause: Forming
FatCause: Other

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