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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
 

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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.
 

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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!!!
 

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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.

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Crud Mike, sorry to hear that. I've had some close calls…but been lucky so far.

Keeps me thinking about a Sawstop (not that I want to open that debate). Safe as we all try to be…..it's the "human factor" that worries me.
 

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Mike, not happy to hear about your misfortune. Glad the damage wasn't worse. Also thankful I no longer use my table saw, 100% galoot at this point. It's those attention lapses that scare me!

Get well soon.
 

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Mike,
I'm glad it was not worse,
I was on the saw all day today doing some very scarey stuff but I heard that little voice and stop and figured out a better way to do my cuts.

Please let us know how you are doing.
All the best.
Rick
 
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