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A 15-year-old student amputates fingers while operating an unguarded table saw in woodworking class - Massachusetts.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
FACE Facts 2003 Aug; 6(2):1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20034267
Abstract
Incident: In 2003, a 15-year-old student amputated one left finger (both joints) and a portion of another left finger and thumb while operating an unguarded table saw in a woodworking class at a school. The saw, manufactured in 1991 and equipped with a 10-inch woodworking blade, was located in the woodworking shop, near the shop door. The student was making a lengthwise cut (ripping) and reached around to the back side of the unguarded saw blade to grab the cut piece of wood. The student's two fingers and thumb came in contact with the rotating saw blade, resulting in the serious injuries to the left hand. To prevent similar incidents, schools that have woodworking shops should: Ensure that the manufacturers' supplied guards are installed on all table saws, and that the guards function properly and are used at all times. Position tables at the backside of saws to prevent the work pieces from falling off the saws and onto the floor. Design the woodworking shop layout to reduce distractions to equipment operators. Provide woodworking class conditions that at a minimum meet safety and health standards set by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and train students about these standards.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Protective-measures; Industrial-education; Industrial-equipment; Industrial-safety; Woodworking-equipment; Woodworking-industry; Traumatic-injuries
Contact
Occupational Health Surveillance Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Publication Date
20030801
Document Type
Newsletter
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008331
Issue of Publication
2
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
Source Name
Fatality Investigation Report: FACE Facts
State
MA
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
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