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Scissor Accident

Scissor Accident

Question: An employee is assembling flexible photovoltaic solar cell products in a manufacturing facility. While holding up a long sheet of flexible photovoltaic solar cells with one arm, he begins cutting the sheet with scissors. On the final snip the tip of the scissors nicks his arm and cuts a hole in his skin. The injury did not require stitches and was not recordable but after witnessing the injury, a coworker lost consciousness. Is it recordable?

Answer: YES. The injury caused by the scissors is not recordable, but the employee losing consciousness IS considered recordable.

1904.7(a) You must consider an injury or illness to meet the general recording criteria, and therefore to be recordable, if it results in ... loss of consciousness.

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