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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 111842456 - Cheney Construction

Inspection Information - Office: Ca American Canyon District Office

Nr: 111842456Report ID: 0950615Open Date: 03/08/1991

Cheney Construction
276 Sea Drift Rd.
Stinson Beach, CA 94970
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1521/General Contractors-Single-Family Houses
Mailing: 1495 Hurlbutt Ave., Sebastopol, CA 95472

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/08/1991
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:04/10/1991

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 4307 B01 03/08/1991 03/22/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 25100058 A 03/08/1991 03/08/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 01003 Other 4307 D 03/08/1991 03/22/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  4. 01004 Other 1509 C 03/08/1991 03/22/1991 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170206189Event: 03/07/1991Employee'S Thumb Nearly Severed When Saw Kicks Back
Employee #1, a carpenter, was using a Milwaukee portable power saw to cut a 20 in. by 30 in. piece of 3/4 in. plywood. He was using two 2 by 4s to support the smaller side of the work piece as he cut off the larger side. He was nearing the end of the cut when the larger side sagged down, and the saw started to buck and kick back. Employee #1 later stated that he released the trigger, but the saw kept running. He then tried to force the saw through the cut, but the saw kicked back and up across plywood. It contacted the back of his left hand between the thumb and index finger, nearly severing his thumb. The bucking and kick back caused the sticking trigger to release, and the saw stopped. This saw had no history of trigger problems, but the trigger was still malfunctioning when later inspected.
Keywords: kick back, portable power tool, carpenter, construction, thumb, circular saw, laceration, mech malfunction
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 111842456 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Carpenters

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