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Accident: 963827 - Employee'S Fingers Amputated By Portable Circular Saw

Accident: 963827 -- Report ID: 0352440 -- Event Date: 11/15/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10438270012/06/19891751O & P Construction Co., Inc.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on November 15, 1989, Employee #1, an experienced operator, was cutting a 2 by 4 with a Black & Decker, type 2,580 rpm, electric portable circular hand saw. The power cord became entangled and wedged between the blade and the adjustable blade guard, causing the saw to stop. To free the cord, Employee #1 first set the saw upside down. He then held the saw with his right hand and steadied it with his left hand. He pulled on the cord with his right hand without realizing that he had the ON/OFF switch depressed with his left hand. The saw started as the cord came loose, causing his right hand to contact the moving saw blade. His little fingertip and half of his ring finger were amputated. The saw was equipped with a constant pressure switch that should shut off the power when the pressure is released. Inspection of the saw revealed no defects.
Keywords: portable power tool, amputated, finger, work rules, construction, circular saw, lockout, electric cord, entangled, blade
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 104382700 Hospitalized injury Amputation Carpenters

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