I was not using my gripper (idiot). My saw is aligned so it usually does not happen, but somehow it did ..
Stupidity.. no I don't stand off to the side, I've been too uncomfortable that way. And I was not wearing my leather apron... Haven't been since I started using for welding.
I am usually careful, but I took a shortcut holding the smallish piece by hand up against the fence... there was enough material contacting the fence, but the offcut caught me by surprise.
Not only is it purple, but it cut me good..