High School Student Sustains a Partial Thumb Tip Amputation While Using a Sander in Shop Class - Massachusetts
Massachusetts Case Report: 15MA1NF
Release Date: March 31, 2017
In 2015, a 9th grade student enrolled in a Marine Technology program in a Chapter 74 approved public regional technical high school education program sustained a partial thumb tip amputation injury. The student was operating a combination belt and disc sander in shop class when the student’s gloved right hand thumb came in contact with the rotating disc sander. The glove and the student’s thumb were partially pulled into the machine. Immediately after the incident occurred, a junior who was supervising the freshman student immediately turned off the machine and started to disassemble the machine to free the student. The student was brought to the school nurse who placed a call for emergency medical services (EMS). The local police and EMS arrived at the incident location within minutes. The injured student was transported to a hospital in another state where the partially amputated thumb tip was reattached with 12 stitches and the injured student was then released from the hospital.
Contributing factors identified in this investigation included, greater than 1/16 of an inch space between the sanding table and disc, wearing gloves while operating the sander, not being fully trained on the sander prior to use and inexperience.