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TS injuries - please take this 5 second survey

by live4ever
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#51 posted 984 days ago


(not me)

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in 30+ yrs

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#53 posted 984 days ago

0, unless miter saws count… My sister in law’s ex husband abbreviated his left hand with a compound miter saw…

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#54 posted 984 days ago

1 – 3 fingers lost. Sadly, a very fine doctor at our church.

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#55 posted 984 days ago


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#58 posted 984 days ago

4…all different people, none me

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#64 posted 984 days ago

0 in 40yrs of woodworking.

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#65 posted 984 days ago

1 – Watched my boss, who almost never uses a table saw, get cut. Put his finger tip into the blade the same direction it spins (moving from back to front of the saw). I’d imagine the tip would have been cut off had he been moving into the blade front to back.

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#66 posted 984 days ago

5 working professionally for 35 years and no lost digits or appendages. Two were close encounters of my own and I could add two for people I’ve seen get cut as badly on band saws. Should I add one for the idiot lumber yard employee who used his lap for saw horses while using a circular saw? BTW, both of mine happened when I was tired and had already put in more than ten hours in the shop that day.

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My closest call is when someone bumped into the side of me, knocking me off ballance…. My thumb rubbed the outside of the blade. No cuts

As for people missing digits. Alot mostly they were people who tended to be quite careless at times.

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#72 posted 984 days ago

1 not me yet

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#76 posted 984 days ago

1, not me.

My friend, a Cabinetmaker for 30 years cut off three fingers in one accident. Wait, is that then a 3?

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#77 posted 984 days ago

50 + .......but I should not count because I treat these injuires. I easily see one table saw injury a month.

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#78 posted 984 days ago

Thank God

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#79 posted 984 days ago

1 me- right index finger it was sewn back on

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#80 posted 984 days ago

0 – My grandfather was missing parts of 2 fingers but I believe that was due to circular saws.

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#82 posted 984 days ago

Two people – two fingers each. One of them is my Dad.

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#83 posted 984 days ago

2 – both pretty minor.

One was a 16 yr old friend in my high school Woods Class. He blade split the tip of his finger. and the other one was me when I was about 19 at home. I took off the very, very tip of my right index finger. All skin and very little if any meat. There was a lot of blood and scared me that enough I learned to be careful.

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#84 posted 984 days ago


One died from infection that set in.

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#87 posted 984 days ago

O, I only know two other serious wood workers and they also have all their digits and haven’t cut themselves that I know of.

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#88 posted 984 days ago


A family member and a friend; one lost three fingers, the other had serious injuries but no loss of fingers.

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#90 posted 984 days ago

1. saw turned off blade still spinning reached over blade my left thumb got caught on a tooth swung hand around and broke home made throat plate.

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#94 posted 983 days ago


2 of them were mine…still have all 10 fingers

Do miter saws/circular saws count?
that would be 4 more.

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#100 posted 983 days ago

You pose several different questions here. Not clear what your motivation is, but I believe that answering your “survey” the way you have worded it is not possible.

“The number is the number of people you personally know (have met, online acquaintances do not count) to have injured themselves at the tablesaw via direct contact with the blade, including yourself, counting multiple instances.”

Fair question and I can answer that.

If you’ve cut off a digit twice, you’d respond with “2”. If your uncle did it twice, you’d respond “2”. If you have 5 co-workers who each did it once, you’d enter “5”. If you don’t personally know anyone, you’d enter “0”.

Here is the problem. Tablesaw doesn’t always “cut off a digit.” Sometimes it slices body parts, but doesn’t cut anything off.

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