Luckily not me this time.
Some local was using a Circular saw and cut off his entire hand at the
wrist. Still trying to figure out how that was done. Fingers I see but a
Anyway his friends had enough sense to put the hand on ice, tourniquet his
arm, and rush him to the hospital. The hand has been reattached but the
doctor says he has months of rehabilitation ahead of him.
Rather than putting a severed part directly on ice, you'd do much better to
stick it in a baggy and float it in a bucket of ice water. Ice can cause
further tissue damage that ice water won't. In the best of all worlds, I'd pour
some normal saline in the bag, but I don't keep any around the house.
No, but you'd need a lot of the little bottles. A couple of Tablespoons
of table salt in a quart of water will give you a close enough mix. As
I remember. it's been about 15 years. Does that sound about right
Dave in Fairfax
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Since my last comment, I did a google search on "saline for eye wash". I
immediately got a hit that indicates it should work just fine. Apparently, eye
wash IS 0.9% saline solution, ie, "normal" or "isotonic".
Save up those fingers and toes! You're ready!
If this was the incident that happend in Northern Michigan last week, I
think he was using a compound miter saw to cut some trim and was reaching
across the saw to hold the stock. It was his left hand that was severed.
His wife was the one who brought the hand with them to the hospital. I
agree that it seems like it would be hard to cut off your whole hand. The
article said that he did not feel any pain after it was cut off! Reading
about this sort of thing makes me VERY careful when working around blades.
Btw, young carpenter, I live in T.C., where are you from?
Curmudgeon in Training
It takes only a brief moment of inattention (or stupidity) to cause an
accident that changes lives.
If so, his wife deserves a lot of credit. It is very difficult to think
clearly at a time like that.
Quite believable. The pain may come later after the shock and disbelieve
wear off. I lost the end of my index finger about three years ago. I closed
a car door on it. The end of my finger was crushed and all the flesh pulled
off. It did not hurt. In fact, I did not realize that I had seriously
injured myself until I saw the bone sticking out.
I think this qualifies as more than a "brief moment" of stupidity or anything
else. I mean, come on. The guy first crosses his arm under the blade and leaves
it there as he lowers the blade. He then brings the blade down and through his
wrist. Maybe 7-1/2" diameter wrist, with bones.
That's a complete cut-out of the brain on at least a temporary basis, with or
"Health food makes me sick." Calvin Trillin
When I was taught how to use a radial arm saw I was told the most
common accident with it was amputation of the left thumb. The second
most common was blunt trauma to the chest or shoulder, often with
a dislocation, due to kickback (perhaps 'kickforward' since a RAS cuts
with a climbing cut). This comes about from right-handed people
using their right hand on the handle on the right side of the saw,
and holding the stock with their left hand so that their body is
in line with the blade and they reach accros their body to
steady short pieces.
To avoid injury, I was taught to use the tool left handed, that is
with my left hand operating the saw and my right hand holding
the stock. This puts the 'stock' hand really far from the
blade and your body to the right of saw instead of in line
with the blade. It sounds awkward, but if you do it that
way you'll immediately see the advantage. I wish Nahrm
would give it a try that way.
A sliding CMS can be used the same way, although often the
trigger switch is designed for right hand use. Also, a
sliding CMS can be used by pulling it out past the stock,
then plunging it down, and then pushing it back through the
stock like a normal circular saw so as to not do a climbing
cut. I'm interested in opinions on that.
One problem I have had with a sliding CMS is misaligment
of the fence extensions with the fence resulting in kickback
upon completing the cut, regardless of which direction you
cut. No, I didn't set that saw up, but now I always check
to be sure the stock is flush with the factory fence on the
saw befor cutting. The same thing can happen if the stock
being cut is crooked, not properly jointed on the edge
against the fence.
Lemmee tell ya about--do NOT use the RAS to cut OSB. I had a piece shatter when
I was cutting it, and it was 10 minutes before I realized my right pinkie was
pumping blood from a split to the bone. The other piece caught me in a very
sensitive spot and I spent that 10 minutes bent over, whooping and whining
before I noticed blood all over the damned place. I had hunched my way from the
back porch (location of a saw that left my possession as quickly as I could
clean the blood off) to the kitchen, which fortunately had glossy paint on the
walls and linoleum on the floor (old farmhouse kitchen really had linoleum).
I won't even set a piece of OSB down near an RAS now.
"Health food makes me sick." Calvin Trillin
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