PLEASE, Be careful out there - I became a statistic last Friday

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Forum topic by WhoMe posted 02-14-2015 06:45 AM 2918 views 0 times favorited 43 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2015 06:45 AM

For all of you that use power tools, please be careful. I am typing with one good hand and the pinkie of my dominant hand. I have all my fingers but the rest are all bandaged up.

I had a brief lapse of concentration using my table saw and didn’t pick up, and use my push stick for a non through cut. It was less than six inches from my hand when I started to push the piece of wood through and it was over in a second.

For people who know me and have seen me in my shop, I practice safety religiously. ALWAYS have eye, ear and nose protection on as well as ALWAYS using push sticks, feather boards and any other safety device when I use tools. I stop work at any distraction or visitor and don’t resume until it is gone. That night there were no distractions at the time of the accident.

In this instance I just didnt pick up that push stick I had been using all night. It was ON my fence less than 6 inches away. I have no idea why and cannot figure it out why I didnt pick it up that time. Now I will have some reminders for the rest of my life of this misstep in concentration.

The wood kicked back, flipped over my hand and pulled my ring, middle and index fingers and thumb into the blade.
the blade cut through the nails (and kindly removed them) on my fingers, cut deeper on the middle finger, chewed the end of the index finger and took a small chunk off my thumb. Middle finger got 2 stitches, index got 6. And several days ago a beautiful multi colored bruise showed up where the piece of wood hit my right arm where it joins my chest. I didn’t even know the wood hit me until the bruise showed up. It all happened so fast. Also, the body is a wonderful thing, I have no memory of the accident from when I started pushing the wood till I was across my garage pulling a wad of shop towels off the roll on my workbench to put on my hand. I don’t even remember turning off my saw… And, I hope I don’t remember those missing seconds either. I remember enough before and too much after thank you very much.

Ill, be the first to say that I am REALLY REALLY LUCKY as it could have been WAY worse since the blade was only about 3/4” above the table and the wood hit me where it did. If the blade was much higher, I might have a couple shorter fingers or if the wood was 6+ inches to the left and 6 inches higher..ouch.

So, PLEASE, PLEASE, be careful when using your power tools. No one else needs to be a statistic like me.

P.S. I got my first ride in an ambulance, no siren though… lol

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#1 posted 02-14-2015 06:52 AM

You are in my prayers…

-- If you don't Play, you can't win

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#2 posted 02-14-2015 07:23 AM

Sorry to hear that. Hope for a speedy recovery.

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#3 posted 02-14-2015 07:29 AM

Hope you recover quickly sir. Thanks for the reminder. It’s usually that moment that we drop our guard that gets us.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 02-14-2015 11:36 AM

I am very sorry to hear of your injury. I wish you all the best for your recovery.

Thank you for sharing your story and always-needed safety reminder with us all.

-- “And the products of wealth push you along on the bow wave of their spiritless undying selves.” ― I. Anderson

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#5 posted 02-14-2015 12:08 PM

Prayers for a complete recovery.

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#6 posted 02-14-2015 12:14 PM

Prayers for a complete recovery.


Ditto. Thanks for the sobering reminder.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#7 posted 02-14-2015 01:02 PM

Hoping for a speedy and complete recovery, and thanks for sharing. It’s always good to have a reminder.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#8 posted 02-14-2015 01:07 PM

Prayers be with you, and hope you gain full recovery of your fingers. Great reminder for us all.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#9 posted 02-14-2015 01:13 PM

You are so right – it only takes a second of lost focus. You could be saving one of us from a similar situation. Thanks for the reminder and get well soon.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#10 posted 02-14-2015 01:21 PM

Sorry for you pain….
I hope a scar is the only physical reminder, of the momentary lack of concentration!!!

Thanks for sharing and reinforcing the safety mantra!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#11 posted 02-14-2015 01:27 PM

I hope that you heal quickly and can get back to work soon. It can happen any of us. Thanks for sharing because it will help us all to keep alert and pay more attention to safety.


-- 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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#12 posted 02-14-2015 01:42 PM

Sorry to hear that. Been there and done that. About 14 years ago I was cutting some thin strips. Using my left hand pushing the wood into the blade then fishishing with a push block in my right hand I was in a “groove” cutting strips. Literally on the last strip the push block slipped and my left hand kept going.

Nicked the end of my thumb off and gashed my index finger. Needless to say it did not feel very good. Silver lining is that it is a permanent reminder to keep a cautious eye out in any procedure I do in my shop.

See results below.

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#13 posted 02-14-2015 01:52 PM

A guy I know shot off the tip of this thumb with a big revolver (the cylinder gap is dangerous!). My sister decapitated her big toe with a chain link fence and a four wheeler. Both healed surprisingly well.

So hang in there!

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#14 posted 02-14-2015 03:26 PM

Wishing you the best recovery possible. Thanks for your write-up to remind us of safety vigilance!

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#15 posted 02-14-2015 03:56 PM

Can you still HITCH HIKE?

-- If you don't Play, you can't win

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