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Inspection: 104382700 - O & P Construction Co., Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Maryland Region 4

Nr: 104382700Report ID: 0352440Open Date: 12/06/1989

O & P Construction Co., Inc.
8600 Tamar Dr
Columbia, MD 21045
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1751/Carpentry Work
Mailing: 858 Fisher Street, Houston, TX 77018

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/07/1989
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:12/12/1989

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360622344    

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 963827Event: 11/15/1989Employee'S Fingers Amputated By Portable Circular Saw
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
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 104382700 Hospitalized injury Amputation Carpenters

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