When I started working this morning, I said a little prayer because I was using my shop equipment for construction work around the house. When I am not so worried about precision I somehow also get lax on safety. I needed the cross cut a little item. I had the TS spinning so I just grabbed the miter guage because it was at hand. It is two steps to my miter saw. I didn't setup a stop block as that would require a clamp (3 steps away). The piece was 2 3/4" and I have a rule to always use a hold-down push stick on anything 2" or less but I often use my hand on anything larger.
I am kind of tall and when I stand at the TS my "package" is about 3" above the top of the table. I never realized that until today. When that sucker bound-up and shot at me, it twisted my thumb to the point of making it numb like it had been hit with a hammer. I know it could have easily pulled it into the blade. The 2" x 2 3/4" little piece of ply whacked me right on the head of my d#$%. It dropped me to my knees. I had to go into the bathoroom and check on that little guy and I was 50% sure there would be stitches involved. I started to think about the discussion with the emergency room staff.
Luckily it was just a painful whack.
I was stupid. I was lucky. I broke out my sled to recut the little piece. I might buy a leather apron.