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01-19-2016 12:31 AM

Hello, well after 40 plus years I got bit by the tablesaw. About 14 days ago, I was cleaning up in the shop and found a few pieces of stock that should be trimmed for future use. The last piece was being ripped and for some odd reason I found my thumb over the blade after the cut. It all happened so very fast, felt like I had been shot in the hand. Grabbed the thumb and squeezed like I was a human vise or clamp. For the most part I slowed the bleeding way down and went into the house, said to my wife that she needed to take me to the ER. Right away she said, “LET’S GO!”. I had to laugh as the doors were wide open to the backyard and the dog was out there, and the shop had to be locked up first, she just said no, let’s go, lol. We secured the home and shop and then went. Hospital is only 2.2 miles from the house, thank God. They did have me wait for about 30 minutes, as I had most of the blood stopped, they did ask if I brought the thumb with me, I said yes that it was in my pocket. That apparently cut my time down from waiting. The PA did his thing after xrays, six stitches and I was told I hadn’t hit the bone or the ligaments, thank you Lord. During the period that has passed, the thumb has been inflamed and infected which meant going back to the ER and having a booster shot in the deery aire, and I had tetnus, the shots hurt…argh! They removed 2 stitches and allowed the wound to open to drain. The remainder of stitches came out this past Thursday, and Praise the Lord, I’m on the mend. Thumb feels numb for the most part, but the nerves light up every now and then. Well, just wanted to share the incident and remind us all to stay alert and don’t get smug with machinery. God bless, thanks for listening. Have fun, make some dust.

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#1 posted 01-19-2016 12:39 AM

Sorry to hear about your accident Clarkie. They do happen but luckily yours wasn’t life altering. Feel better and stay safe!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#2 posted 01-19-2016 12:39 AM

Were you watching the blade when it happened?

Hope you a speedy & full recovery.

Also hope you didn’t get blood on any good wood … (black humor)


-- Madmark -

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#3 posted 01-19-2016 01:00 AM

I am sorry to hear about your accident. Hope you have a quick recovery. Your post is important as we all need a reminder every time we use our machines. Thank you.

-- AJ

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#4 posted 01-19-2016 01:05 AM

Thanks for the reminder. While sorry it happened, I’m glad it wasn’t worse.

-- Clin

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#5 posted 01-19-2016 01:21 AM

Sorry about your accident but THANKS for NOT posting pictures. Human blood bothers me (oddly enough, more so when it’s not mine).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 01-19-2016 01:56 AM

Sorry to hear you got hurt. did you have the blade guard on your saw?

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#7 posted 01-19-2016 02:46 AM

So a little humor about the thumb in your pocket? I guess you could cut it off through the middle of the joint without cutting bone….

-- Dan

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#8 posted 01-19-2016 03:24 AM

Hello, thanks for the support, and yes it was a little humor about having the thumb in my pocket. As for the blade guard, no, there hasn’t been a blade guard in place for years. The push sticks and the new “Grippers” were 2 feet from the saw. The grippers are going to be put to full use when I regain the use of the opposing thumb though. Amazing how much we depend on the thumbs for things that we do, tie your shoe, open a bottle, pouring milk. Thank God for my wife as she has put my belt on, tied my shoes, opened the bottles and nursed me along. Take care and thanks again for listening.

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#9 posted 01-19-2016 03:27 AM

Had a similar incident 5 years ago (minus the thumb in the pocket part). Running some pieces through the table saw and got my left thumb.

Came down from my shop with it wrapped and told my wife we need to take a trip to the ER. She was more shook than I was. They were able to put 13 stitches in part one part of the pad (V shaped cut), but some was just chewed up. The most painful part was the injection of the local.

I was fortunate and have full use minus a little numbness in some spots.

Needless to say, I pay closer attention these days.

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#10 posted 01-19-2016 03:31 AM

Sorry to hear that. Thankfully it was minor.. My son’s DIL took the ends of 3 fingers off cutting kindling! ;-(

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 01-19-2016 03:48 AM

Again please what were you looking at the moment the accident happened?


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#12 posted 01-19-2016 04:00 AM

Sorry to hear of your accident, but good to know it wasn’t worse.
Did you ever determine how it happened ?

The only good that can come from an accident is to share details when possible to help prevent others from repeating your accident.

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#13 posted 01-19-2016 04:25 AM


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#14 posted 01-19-2016 12:51 PM

Hello MadMark, I don’t remember actually looking at anything, pushed the last piece through the blade and reached to push the off button, then BANG! Last night was the first night without a bandage and the wound is looking much better, though it still feels numb. Was thinking about the finger puppets I’ve seen, thought I’d use the thumb as a gangster, “let me introduce you to my lil friend”. Have fun, make some dust.

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#15 posted 01-19-2016 01:06 PM

My condolences, that sucks. Hope you heal up quick. “They can rebuild it, they can make it stronger, faster.” Now you get to make that sound effect when ever you use it. Cha cha cha cha, move in slow motion to exaggerate it’s awesome thumb power. Take care and keep it attached.

-- Brian Noel

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