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Q149 - Hammered Thumb


An employee working on a construction site smashes his thumb with a hammer while attempting to drive a nail into a board. The employee gets ice and takes some ibuprofen. Later, after the thumb continues to swell, the company nurse drills the nail to relieve the pressure. Is it recordable? 


NO. The employee did not receive medical treatment beyond first aid. Ice, over-the-counter ibuprofen and drilling of the nail are all listed as first aid by OSHA.

1904.7(b)(5)(ii)(H) Drilling of a fingernail or toenail to relieve pressure, or draining fluid from a blister (is considered first aid)