Oversized tool collar/guard intended to
keep fingers away from pinch points
Actuating rod with quick connect bezel
ring - fully extended
Finger slipped inside collar/guard
between quick connect bezel ring and
body of tool
INL FLASH - March 4, 2011 - Employee injures hand using Sawzall to cut brace
At approximately 9 a.m. Thursday, March 3, an INL employee was injured while attempting to cut a brace with a Milwaukee
652321 Sawzall. The employee was wearing PPE including gloves and safety glasses. As the employee rotated his hand to
get a better grip on the Sawzall to make the cut, he inadvertently placed his little finger between the body of the tool and the
actuating rod of the tool. When he started the tool, the first back-stroke of the actuating rod severely pinched his little finger
against the tool body. The employee was taken to the Willow Creek dispensary, where the wound was cleaned and the finger
X-rayed and sutured. The X-ray indicated a fracture to the small bone between the last knuckle and the tip of the little finger.
The employee was later released to return to work.
Subsequent investigation showed that this particular tool has been involved in multiple injuries caused by fingers getting
pinched in the same manner. INL has issued a Stop Work for all Sawzall tools until tailgate training has been conducted. The
manufacturer now makes a guard that can be installed on this model of Sawzall to prevent such injuries. Other brands of this
tool may have similar pinch points. INL departments or contractors who have this tool are encouraged to purchase and install
the appropriate guard before resuming use of the Sawzall tool.