Employee Injured Operating a Handheld Drill

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Maintenance, Work Management/Planning

A construction carpenter was preparing 2x4 boards to be installed at the new Central Facilities Area Live Fire Shoot House. This preparation consisted of drilling a series of holes in each board. As the carpenter was performing this action the drill bit got tangled in one of his cut resistant gloves, and pulled his finger into the spinning drill bit. The carpenter was using the drill with the trigger lock engaged. Having the trigger lock engaged allowed the drill to keep running until a co-worker unplugged the drill to stop it. The carpenter was taken to a local emergency room and received 16 stitches to the injured finger. There was no damage to the bone or ligaments.

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