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Accident: 890756 - Employee'S Hand Cut By Rotating Blades

Accident: 890756 -- Report ID: 0352410 -- Event Date: 04/27/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10840693504/27/19892491Long Life Treated Wood Inc
At approximately 9:45 a.m. on April 27, 1989, Employee #1, the operator of a Pendu saw system, pushed the emergency STOP button to de-energize the equipment. The system, which contains gang saw blades on two horizontal shafts, was being used to rip 2 in. thick lumber into smaller widths. The employee needed to remove a piece of broken board and he opened the doors protecting the blades to reach in and retrieve it. Because there is no braking system for these gang saw blades, they continue to rotate for as long as one minute after the STOP button has been pushed. Employees are required to wait until the blades have come to a complete stop before entering the equipment. Employee #1 did not obey this work rule and reached into the equipment while the blades were still rotating. His left hand contacted the moving blades, resulting in severe lacerations, for which he was hospitalized. The doors that protect the blades are inadequate because they can be opened in seconds, exposing the operator to rotating blades even after the power is disengaged.
Keywords: work rules, saw, laceration, struck by, blade, hand, unguarded
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108406935 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Sawing machine operators

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