I'm happy for those that haven't been hurt - yet.
I've been making sawdust recreationally for over 30 years, and a few years to
put food on the table.
A year and a half ago, I had a simple cross cut to do on a clear 2x4, just to
cut off a couple of inches.
It was crowded with some boxes near the shop saw, so I set up in the driveway -
3 cars wide, nothing there.
Sawhorses, 1 2x4, extension cord, and the circular saw. Nothing in the way.
Made the cut, trigger released and saw slowing down. Went to set the saw down.
My best guess is that I stepped on the cord, the saw whipped into me, rode the
guard up, and went through my arm, inside, just above the elbow. I was on the
ground in a pool of blood.
Grabbed the arm and squeezed as hard as I could. My 13-year-old was at home on
summer vacation, heard me yelling as I crashed through the door, took one look
and called 911. Yes, he saved my life. I could not have dialed the phone. I
lost 1/3 to 1/2 my blood as it was by the time the paramedics got me on the
It severed the artery, two of the three nerves in the arm, and the bicep and
tricep muscles. Two surgeries tied things back together.
After a year and a half, I now have some very limited movement in my hand and
some feeling in my thumb and parts of my forefinger. The arm and hand has felt
like I'm holding an electric fence as the nerves regenerate and relearn the
different sensations. Pins and needles - knitting needles. Cold is painful.
Cold is defined as less than 71 degrees.
This started as a simple cut with safety in mind from the beginning. Go to a
construction site and watch people cutting a mitered bevel on a 12 foot 2x8
across their leg, and try to figure out how more don't get hurt.
It happens fast, and I hope Mike O's post is taken seriously enough for someone
to not get hurt.
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My wife went to the hand surgeon today. She has a repetitive motion
situation that the Doc is treating.
He told her that he was on-call Friday (last week) through Monday
(today) at one of the local hospitals. During that time, he had 12
calls for table saw related injuries. Some more serious than others
of course but still serious enough to call a hand surgeon. That seems
like a lot for a city with about 400,000 in the metro area..... and
over a weekend.
Be careful and watch those fingers!!!
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