Handsaw cut to left hand, partially severed tendon
Date of incident
Location of incident
Port Coquitlam British Columbia Canada
Age of impacted party
Type of incident
Cut body part
Type of equipment involved
Type of injury
Bodily injury to
First aid administered (not by medical professional), Offsite Medical Professional assistance
Involvement of contributor
Worker performing task
Causes of the incident
Regulatory or industry best practice non-compliance
Description of incident
I was pruning a medium sized Catalpa tree, I was 95% complete and pruning out the last few epicormic shoots on a low limb. I was using my Silky saw to prune out some thin shoots. I hand my left hand over to the left of me, and was pruning a small shoot over to the right with my right hand. I had the silky saw held horizontal, as I attempted to prune off a shoot the saw got stuck so I pulled with more force, the saw cut through the shoot and followed through with a lot of force and momentum and struck my left hand which was approximately 2 feet away. I was wearing gloves at the time, as soon as I hit my hand I new I had broken through the skin. I defended from the tree, removed my glove to see the skin had peeled back and I could see my knuckle. Later that day I went to a walk in clinic, the doctor referred me onto the emergency at the local hospital as he saw that I have severed a tendon. At the hospital they confirmed thatI had partially severed the tendon to my left index finger and would need surgery to stitch it back together. I had the surgery and it took a long and frustrating 12 weeks to rehab and recover.
Having a limb/hand in line with the blade of the silky saw even though it was 2 feet away.
Incident review and preventative measures
Make sure my work positioning is good at all times, and keep limb out of the 'line of fire' when using a saw, no matter how far away.
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