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#1 posted 12-22-2009 06:29 AM

Although I have used table saws for years, the worst accident that I ever had, happened just about a year ago. I was cutting a small cherry drawer front on the table saw. As the cut off piece fell away, the blade slid it towards me…no big deal it was moving very slowly. I stepped to the right to let it slide off the table and when I did that I must have turned the piece I had just cut slightly into the back of the blade with the bush stick. Next thing I heard was a loud bang as the wood drawer front hit the floor in front of me. I couldnt get my breath at first and I had no feeling from mid chest to by belt line. I staggered around the shop for a few minutes trying to get my bearings. The feeling finally came back after a few minutes. I pulled up my shirt and had a cut from mid chest to my belt that was all black and blue on both sides. My plastic push boot had the end sawed off too. I wasnt sure if I should go to emergency or not, but got some ice out and sat watching TV with an ice bag. Things finally started to feel better so I went back to the shop and finished for the night. It took months for the red mark to disappear. I used to box, was in karate, and I played hockey so I used to get hit in the chest and stomach all the time, but never was I ever hit that hard.

The funny thing was that a couple of weeks later I had gotten a cold, so went to the doc and they shot an XRAY. They saw a spot on my lung, so they did a CT scan and said there were several calcium deposits or swollen limph glands in my right lung which werent serious, but they felt it came from the impact.

I put a riving knife on the saw now. I dont want to take any more chances. One episode of clearing the cobwebs was enough.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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