Lessons Learned #2: A New Way to Get Hurt

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Blog entry by GeBeWubya posted 204 days ago 627 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It should be easier to avoid accidents when you know they are possible. Here is one that I had never even dreamed possible. Please learn from my mistake.

I was cutting tenons on the band saw this afternoon. I had a stop block attached to the fence, and the cut-off pieces were falling into the angle between them. I was making the cut, watching the work, the blade and the cut-off while I reached with my left hand to turn off the saw so I could safely remove the cut -off. The tip of my left middle finger went into the left side blade guard and the blade cut into the finger tip. No pieces are missing, and I think the band-aids will hold things together without stitches.

I recommend avoiding this.

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#1 posted 204 days ago


I keep telling everybody…

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 204 days ago

A person should never loose focus and concentration during any moment in the shop…especially when tools are involved.

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#3 posted 203 days ago

Not only should one stay focused, but one should stay focused on the right things. I was focused on the table, but the danger turned out to be beside the switch.

I also learned today how often e, d, and c come up in typing. I’ve hit the sore finger 39 times (40 now) in this post!

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#4 posted 203 days ago

Always sorry to hear of anything of this nature. Glad it wasn’t any worse for sure. Just a gr8 reminder to all of us here, try to work safe. We need to keep all of our digits.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#5 posted 183 days ago

I almost did this yesterday. It was easy to do and I think I will watch more carefully where both hands are going now. Glad it was only a cut on the fingertip and not a finger.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#6 posted 182 days ago

Thanks Bob. I’m glad it was an “almost” and not a “me too” for you.

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