|Forum topic by WhoMe||posted 02-14-2015 06:45 AM||2980 views||0 times favorited||43 replies|
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.
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 -