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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 310202940 - Dmh Construction

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys

Nr: 310202940Report ID: 0950643Open Date: 08/08/2008

Dmh Construction
5631 Juniata Ct.
Ventura, CA 93003
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1521/General Contractors-Single-Family Houses
NAICS: 236118/Residential Remodelers
Mailing: 341 Teloma Dr., Ventura, CA 93003

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/08/2009
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:12/31/2009
Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $1,575 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $6,575
Current Penalty $1,575 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $6,575
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 01/09/2009 01/14/2009 $5,000 $5,000 $0 -
  2. 02001 Serious 17160002 E01 01/09/2009 01/27/2009 $1,575 $1,575 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202467015Event: 07/11/2008Employee'S Hand Is Injured By Circular Saw
On July 11, 2008, Employee #1 was working as a framing carpenter at a residential remodel construction site. For approximately 2.5 hours, Employee #1 had been using a Skilsaw portable circular saw to cut 2-in. by 4-in. boards to lengths of approximately 6 ft to 8 ft, for the bottom and top plates of walls being framed. He was tacking the plates down on the snap lines and getting ready to raise the walls. Employee #1 did not remember all the details of the accident but stated that he had raised the 2-in. by 4-in. board off the floor by either placing it on a stack of 2-in. by 4-in. boards or by placing it over his left foot. Employee #1 was holding the saw handle in his right hand and using his left hand to secure the 2-in. by 4-in. board. Employee #1 stated that as he finished the cut and starting rising from his cutting position to put the saw down, the blade "probably" hit the plywood floor and kicked back onto his left hand. He heard the blade cut into the bone on his left hand. Employee #1 thought that a wood chip or a sawdust clump may have been caught between the blade and guard, making the guard slow to retract, and therefore allowing the blade to contact his fingers. After the accident, Employee #1 started yelling, "call 911." The homeowner ran upstairs and escorted Employee #1 down the stairs. The paramedics were called, and Employee #1 was transported to Ventura County General Hospital. He was kept in the emergency area at the hospital for approximately nine hours, while they tried to locate a vascular surgeon. Employee #1 was later told there was a surgeon on call at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and he was transferred there. He had surgery on his left index, middle, and ring fingers, to repair nerve, vascular, tendon, and bone damage. No amputations were required. Employee #1 was hospitalized for two nights and released on July 13, 2008. No Serious, Accident-Related violations were noted.
Keywords: finger, construction, circular saw, electric saw, saw, laceration, hand
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310202940 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Carpenters

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