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Accident: 760496 - Employee Pierced By A Wood Splinter From A Gang Edger

Accident: 760496 -- Report ID: 0453710 -- Event Date: 01/15/1988
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1529694001/19/19882421Smith'S Sawmill
At approximately 8:40 a.m. on January 15, 1988, Employee #1, of Smith's Sawmill, in Mt. Airy, NC, was struck in the abdomen by a piece of wood that had splintered off from lumber being run through a gang edger. This piece of wood apparently kicked back from inside the edger. The splintered wood entered Employee #1 in front of his abdomen just below the rib cage and exited out his back just to the right of his spine. Approximately 8 inches of the 2 inch by 2 inch by 2 foot long piece of wood protruded out his back. Employee #1 was taken to Northern Hospital of Surry County and then transferred to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. Emergency surgery was required to remove the splinter.
Keywords: kick back, splinter, abdomen, impaled, edger
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 15296940 Hospitalized injury Puncture Miscellaneous woodworking machine operators

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