Friend just lost 2 fingers

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Blog entry by richgreer posted 08-16-2010 04:24 AM 4817 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend from my local woodworkers club just lost 2 fingers in an accident on his table saw. He has been airlifted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where they will try to reattach one, and maybe both, fingers.

His name is Roger. Please keep him in your prayers.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 08-16-2010 04:37 AM

Sorry to hear such terrible news. I hope Roger is in the best care possible.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#2 posted 08-16-2010 04:39 AM

You got it. We are hoping for the best.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 08-16-2010 05:15 AM

It makes me cringe to hear that stuff. I hope for the best and wish him luck.

-- Failure is the road to success if you learn to learn from your mistakes - Vince, Greenville, SC

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#4 posted 08-16-2010 05:47 AM

Sorry to hear such bad news, I hope him a speedy recovery.

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#5 posted 08-16-2010 07:25 AM

Wow, I feel for him. Will lift him up in prayers.

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#6 posted 08-16-2010 07:37 AM

My best to him for a well healed and painless recovery. They do have the technology to regrow fingertips, not sure about whole fingers but hopefully the surgeons can do their magic and get him back in good form. Tell him we’re thinking of him and hope to hear good news soon.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 08-16-2010 08:13 AM

Sorry to hear such bad news, he’ll be in my thoughts and prayers and hopefully they will be able to reattach them.

-- Greg P, Washington State,

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#8 posted 08-16-2010 11:11 AM

Rich we will keep him in our prayers. I also lost the middle two fingers on my right hand to a tablesaw. It didn’t hurt initially until about 10 minutes after, but it was more distressing for my wife when I rushed in asking for an ambulance, they couldn’t be reattached one was cut through a joint the other was so badly ragged it would have taken months of reconstructive surgery. that was 5 years ago now I don’t notice I can still work ok & I love my workshop. I guess what I’m saying is I hope he makes a good recovery but he’ll need support to get back on the horse.So we’ll pray for those close to him
God bless

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#9 posted 08-16-2010 03:09 PM

These stories about lost digits to tablesaws always make me a little woozy.
I use my tablesaw almost every day and, sometimes even, all day. So while it bothers me to hear about these things, it also makes me think, really think, about what I’m doing on the saw.
Sometimes it makes people laugh when I use great caution, using hold downs, push sticks and guards. It makes me work more slowly, too. But then how much time does it take to go to the hospital, be flown to another one and undergo rehab?
I’m sorry for your friend.
Please convey my best wishes to him.

-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#10 posted 08-16-2010 08:04 PM

Rich, best wishes to your friend from my side too!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#11 posted 08-17-2010 04:34 AM

Sorry to hear this kind of news Rich. Prayers are always sent on this end for things like this. He’s in good hands at the Mayo Clinic and I wish him a speedy recovery as well. Unfortunately this reminds us all to be aware of our surroundings and to always practice safety first. Send Rodger my best wishes.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#12 posted 08-17-2010 06:10 AM

Sorry to hear it . I am a contractor and I have a few friends who have had accidents . Both were able to reattach the digits. I was on site for one of them . My thoughts and prayers are with him .

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#13 posted 08-17-2010 03:39 PM

Hope everything works out for him.
Could you post how the accident happened? I think it would be helpful for the other 20,000 woodworkers on here. The cause is most likely something many woodworkers do often and this will give them great pause.

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#14 posted 08-17-2010 10:27 PM

Sad to hear about accidents like this Rich, but a valuable reminder for all of us to work safe. Our prayers are with him.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 08-19-2010 08:30 PM

Please update us on his condition – re: attached fingers. What a terrible accident!


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