Dad impaled with chisel - 3 year old son calls 911

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02-01-2011 03:09 AM

Yes. Hand tools can be very dangerous.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#1 posted 02-01-2011 03:16 AM

Great story. Thank you.

The biggest scar on my body is from a flush cutting hand saw. Perhaps I should call it a “flesh cutting hand saw”. Yes, hand tools can hurt you.

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

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#2 posted 02-01-2011 03:45 AM

Now that is son every man wants. Great story, thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 02-01-2011 03:56 AM

cute … sorry Daddy, but how could he stab a chisel in his arm?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 02-01-2011 04:27 AM

Pretty remarkable for a 3 year old. Lucky dad. I wonder what the heck he was doing with that chisel, in a way to slip and stab himself that badly?

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 02-01-2011 04:41 AM

He is right handed. The reason that I mention that is to try and answer Dr. Ken. It doesn’t take that much to stab yourself when you are holding the work piece in your non-dominant hand. Doesn’t take long either, I am talking hundredths of a second. I know this to be true, because I have done it to myself. I stuck the chisel into my thumb. The only thing that slowed it down was the bone, and it went pretty deep into that also. I was finishing up a rabbit on the wing of a model airplane for my son, I just needed to remove a little bit and boom. All over in a flash.

-- Mel,

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#6 posted 02-01-2011 06:04 AM

I got bit twice this year, once from a chisel sticking out of a box and never saw it while working around it. The second was using one improperly to “pry” an over sized inlay piece out to sand it down to fit. My wife had this sign made for my shop door….now I see it every time I enter to remind me it isn’t just the power tools that can do quick damage to flesh

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#7 posted 02-01-2011 04:08 PM

Very touching video. As a father of a 3 year old I immediately talked to my wife about teaching my son how to use a phone. He’s a very fortunate man.

-- Russ

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#8 posted 02-01-2011 04:32 PM

Wonder why Dad didn’t call 911.


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#9 posted 02-01-2011 04:56 PM

I don’t mean to start an argument, here, but this is exactly why my new ChiselStop was WORTH the extra money, to me ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 02-01-2011 05:07 PM

NBeener beat me to it with the “chiselstop” line. Perhaps the government should step in here & require safety shrouds on all chisels…oh, and some kind of retractable cover for those hungry hand saw teeth.

Seriously though, it makes you think a bit. I’m in my basement shop by myself all the time. Sometimes my wife is upstairs, sometimes she’s not home. I’ve had some minor cuts just from passing my hand by the edge of a very sharp chisel & catching my finger on the corner of it. I keep ‘em razor sharp so they cut well…and they do.
It’s good to remember how losing focus, or a quick slip can be a big issue.

Thanks for reminding us. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#11 posted 02-01-2011 05:33 PM

Hey Shopsmithtom, don’t worry ‘bout it! That’s the funny thing ‘bout death… You don’t remember a thing! *Morbid humor.

It does make one wonder about having a tourniquet available in the shop.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#12 posted 02-01-2011 07:43 PM

I’ve had two puncture wounds from chisels. Most hazardous tool in the
shop in my experience, but I’ve never cut off a digit with a power saw.

Don’t leave them on the bench when you’re not using them – ever. Put
them in a box or drawer or in a rack immediately when you’re done.

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#13 posted 02-01-2011 07:54 PM

There is no doubt that chisels, carving tools, and carving knives have drawn more blood than any other tool. Think of how quickly and how deeply a 1/4 inch chisel or carving tool could go into your body under the right circumstances.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 02-01-2011 08:23 PM

Most folks that get hurt say how could I have done a stupid thing like that. It only takes a second of lack of concentration or a wrong approach to what your doing to get hurt. This is a great story. Thanks for sharing.

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 02-01-2011 08:53 PM

Always keep in mind that a dull chisel is far more dangerous than a sharp one. I worked in my college woodshop for 5 years and only saw two injuries the whole time. One was a dull chisel that had to be forced to cut instead of taking 5 minutes to touch up the edge and get it done easily.

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