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Forum topic by bruc101 posted 09-12-2009 05:24 AM 1127 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-12-2009 05:24 AM

Been gone a long time jocks. Several months ago one of my employees and myself were installing a set of solid surface counter tops on a new kitchen we had just installed. The island was getting granite and the company that was installing the granite could not wait on us to get out of the kitchen. ( we had been there two hours ahead of them ) I was sanding a seam in the solid tops and my employee was holding the dust collector hose to my sander standing next to me.
The yen yang granite installers turned the top over where our hands were working and dropped the top on us.
It took out the right knuckle in my right hand little finger, broke my wrist, broke my employees wrist. We both had to have surgery and I now have a little finger 1/4 inch shorter, stiff with a steel plate in it. My employee has pins in his wrist. He’s 82 years old. my best friend and been with my family business 40 years.
We both survived and are both back in the shop working and has been a new experience learning to work with a stiff finger.
I always thought if anything would get me it would be a shaper or table saw…not a granite counter top.
We made a decision that when we’re doing anything in a home we’ll have someone standing guard on all the trades around us. :-)
I hope everyone is doing well and still go that sawdust for blood…and not breaking or lossing any body parts.


-- Bruce Free Plans

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#1 posted 09-12-2009 05:55 AM

WTF!! I hope the granite guys insurance paid and they got the boot from the job. That’s ridiculous. If your wrist wasn’t broken at the time I bet you would have punched them huh. I’m glad you’re both alright now and back at it. Be safe and stay away from idiots. They’ll get ya everytime

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#2 posted 09-12-2009 08:08 PM

That sucks! Can’t beleive the granite people could be so stupid. This is one time I hope worker’s comp paid dearly. Glad to hear you’re back in the shop and both doing okay. I’m sure those idiots are high on your referral list…...... a list to stay away from! Good luck and welcome back.

-- John @

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#3 posted 09-12-2009 08:30 PM

Glad you are back. I bet you wonder what was going through the minds of the other workers. Did they have their ipods turned up too load?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 09-14-2009 01:10 AM

Thanks guys and I’ll add this so maybe the ones of you that haven’t had a serious accident in your shop won’t.
Bills to date on my finger, over $21,000.00, bills on my wrist $4000.00. Bills on my friend’s wrist $8,000.00.
On my first visit to the doctor after the accident I met a young man that had lost a finger in his table saw. His bill was almost as much as mine and he had no insurance because he could not afford it. He said he had no idea how the saw got his finger and now he has to sell all of his equipment to help pay for his bills. This is sad and made me feel not so good. I told him there are ways out there to get financial help and try to work a deal with the hospital and the doctor before he sold his equipment. I’ve heard other woodworkers say their medical bills were even higher than ours. Be careful out there and stop and think before you take a chance with a power tool. If you’re on a job site be aware of your surroundings and other trades. They both will get you.


-- Bruce Free Plans

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#5 posted 09-14-2009 02:00 AM

Glad you guys are on the mend and back in the shop, it makes me feel glad of our national health health service in Scotland were the ability to pay is not an issue as all treatment is free, quality of care can be a bit of a post code lottery but on the wholle the hospitals do ok. Its important to be aware of the acts and omitions of youself and of course the guys with granite between their ears, as we would call these characters this side of the pond “NUMPTIES” KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND BE SAFE.

kind regards


-- Bill,Bonnie Scotland

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