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A 15-year-old student amputates fingers while operating an unguarded table saw in woodworking class - Massachusetts.
FACE Facts 2003 Aug; 6(2):1-2
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.
Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Protective-measures; Industrial-education; Industrial-equipment; Industrial-safety; Woodworking-equipment; Woodworking-industry; Traumatic-injuries
Occupational Health Surveillance Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 250 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Issue of Publication
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
Fatality Investigation Report: FACE Facts
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division