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Accident: 970863 - Employee'S Thumb Amputated In Chop Saw

Accident: 970863 -- Report ID: 0854910 -- Event Date: 02/13/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10562601405/04/19892434Fashion Cabinet & Mfg
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10209048707/02/19862434Fashion Cabinet & Mfg
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10208509902/13/19862434Fashion Cabinet & Mfg
Employee #1 was operating a chop saw, model 200, serial #79547. The pneumatic automatic return had malfunctioned a few times that morning. At about 11:00 a.m., the return malfunctioned again. Employee #1 was adjusting the air control valve under the table to make the chop saw return to the up position when he noticed an 8 in. long piece of wood next to the blade straddling the scrap/sawdust chute. Without shutting off the saw, Employee #1 reached up the chute about 18 in. As he was pulling out the piece of wood, it caught the blade and pulled his hand into the blade, amputating his right thumb just below the first joint. The thumb was surgically reattached.
Keywords: amputated, work rules, caught by, thumb, lockout, saw, blade, hand, mech malfunction
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105626014 Hospitalized injury Amputation Sawing machine operators
2 102090487 Occupation Not Listed
3 102085099 Occupation Not Listed

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