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Worker's finger cut off in construction accident

A construction worker helping rebuild a home that had been burnt down by fire last winter lost a finger in a construction accident last week.

The incident was about 230 miles northeast of New York City in the rural eastern Massachusetts town of Hamilton.

A law enforcement official there said the worker, 25 years old, was cutting some strapping with a circular saw on the first floor of the structure when his left index finger was severed around 11 last Wednesday morning.

This is the kind of construction accident that can leave an injury that requires not only surgery but physical therapy and time to overcome.

The Labor Department's Occupational Health and Safety Administration was notified of the accident, according to a media report, and has begun an investigation of the incident.

Far from that accident, a southern Idaho man was rushed to a hospital after being crushed by a crane on a construction site.

The construction worker, 33, was working at the site when a crane that was on a flatbed truck shifted, pinning him between the arm of the crane and the truck.

The news report we saw did not state the condition of the man at the hospital.

That accident was yesterday.

Another construction accident yesterday ended in tragedy for a Minnesota man. He was electrocuted, law enforcement officials in Duluth said, as he worked on a home.

When first responders arrived on the scene, they found the worker, 38 years old, unconscious and not breathing.

He was rushed to a nearby medical facility, where he was later pronounced dead.

Source: Patch.com, "Man Cuts Off Finger in Construction Accident," Aug. 3, 2012

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