Oregon accident severs three fingers

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A Selkirk man sliced off three fingers in a chop saw accident while working at Oregon Timber.

According to the police report, the circular saw amputated the tops off three of his fingers on one hand last Thursday morning.

A spokesperson told us: “Police in Selkirk responded to an incident at a timber mill on Dunsdale Road on January 9 at around 11.30am.

“A male severely injured his hand with a chop saw and was taken to Borders General Hospital by ambulance.”

NHS Borders told us he left the BGH the same day as the accident, saying: “The patient was discharged home on January 9.”

The man is being named locally and on Facebook as Daniel Pringle, who is said to be recovering well at home, albeit “very sore”.

The police added they are not investigating the incident, but “a report has been sent to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE),” who confirmed: “HSE is aware of the incident and is investigating,” but added, “HSE does not comment on ongoing investigations.”

The watchdog continued to say it was notified of, but did not investigate, two further incidents at Oregon Timber last year.

It said: “There were two other incidents in the last 12 months, one in January 2013 and the other in July 2013. But they did not meet the investigation criteria, so were not investigated by HSE.”

Oregon Timber Frames would not comment on last week’s incident while the HSE investigation is ongoing.

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