View Poll Results: how many injuries that should have been sutured

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    6 6.06%
  • over 10

    4 4.04%
  • over 5

    6 6.06%
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Thread: accidents/stiches poll

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    accidents/stiches poll

    most if not all of us have injured ourselves wrestling with boards so i thought it would be interesting to hold a poll to see to what extent the majority has been injured.
    let`s narrow it down somewhat to where splinters (no matter the size) and smashed fingers-n-toes don`t add to the equation.
    many of us don`t get stiches when we really should so how about we catorgize the injuries as "ones that should have or did get sewn up"


    myself, the majority of my injuries have come from edge tools, and the majority of those i either super glue or butterfly bandage. i have been bit by kickbacks out of saws,planers,shapers and moulders and several have required stiches so i`ll start the poll with a number that seems logical to me and work down in groups of 5.
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    The only woodworking accident I have had, other than very minor scratches, was from a table saw kick back. Right to the solar plexus. Was down and out about 15 minutes. Stand to the side now.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    I have never needed or thought that I needed stitches. Most of my punctures/scratches are minor (but fairly frequent). I always believe that the most dangerous component of any tool is its energy rather than its cutting edge.

    I once got winded to the point of falling over and passing out by doing something really dumb on a belt linisher. I was lucky that I was wearing a back support belt externally, otherwise I could well have been wearing a big chunk of Oak internally. Now I use a disk sander to do that job. That way the force goes vertical rather than horizontal so all I have to remember is not to get above it or below it - much easier.

    My other "worst" injury was a kickback of sorts but from a wide belt sander. I was gang feeding some material into the sander and one of the components got clear of the hold-down and came out the way it went in but much quicker. Managed to hit me on the first knuckle of my thumb. Hurt like anything. Took me two weeks to admit that I needed to get it looked at by which time I was told the crack in the bone was already healing. Ho Hum.

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    Worst one was nailing my thumb to a top plate with a framing gun. It didn't hurt until I pried it off with my hammer. No insurance at the time so just gauze and duct tape and back to work. Was sent home when boss noticed blood on his nail gun. He ended up paying for me to get the stiches out of his pocket. Still a nice looking scar from that one.

    I'm just glad Tod didn't ask about non ww "stupid" reasons for stiches. To many to count.

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    I have never had any injuries due to woodworking or to carpentry. And I am working hard and smart to keep it that way. Of course, I have have many splinters and knikcs but none that have left a scar. I have also had my breath knocked out of me a couple of times and have fallen off ladders (as late as of last week) but I seem to know how to fall without incuring injuries.

    I did set myself on fire once, but I was not doing woodworking or carpentry at the time.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Pellow View Post

    I did set myself on fire once, but I was not doing woodworking or carpentry at the time.
    i gotta know frank?
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    Two cuts that probably should have been stitched. Oddly enough, neither were from working wood at all. They were shop projects, though, and that revolves around wood :P

    First was cutting 2" long pieces of 1" angle aluminum for an outfeed table. I wanted two pieces EXACTLY the same size and instead of putting a stop on the miter saw, I held the two together with my THUMB. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. Well the cut went fine. If i'd have waited for the blade to spin down before lifting it up I woulda been fine. But no, i picked that puppy up at full tilt and BLAM! The noise startled me and then I felt my thumb throbbing - the aluminum was nowhere to be found. The blade took it and spun it around, like a kick back, and the corner of the aluminum sliced my thumb pretty good - at least 1/8" deep. I duct taped it up with a kleenex after changing my shorts. I thought for sure the blade got me, but luck was on my side that day. I lost my thumb print for a good 4 months - it took a LONG time to heal.

    Second one was while making a sheet metal dust port for my table saw. I was always cautious with the project, too. Wearing gloves everytime the tin snips came out and everything. Until that morning ... I just needed two narrow strips ... nah, i'll just clip 'em quick ... First one was fine. Second one cut just fine, but when I finished the last snip of that piece, it came loose and my hand lurched forward. The nuckle of my index finger was right in the path of that freshly cut 26ga edge. I think I hit bone, but I can't say for sure. Took forever to start bleeding, though. I had time to curse myself, put the stuff down, look into the wound a bit and decide a bandage would be wise. I had time to calmly walk over and shut off the AC and fan. Flipped the lights off, casually opened the door, turned and took the key out of the lock. Walked into the house, to the bathroom (aka ER) and run it under some water. By that time, i had one single drop of blood accumulating on my knuckle. 3 minutes later I was woosy and had to sit down, but then I was okay after that. I still dunno why that happened. :shrug:

    Anywho - that one healed real quick - like a week, maybe. And it was pretty dang deep. There's still a soft lump underneath it and if i bump the nuckle just right it hurts like crazy for a few seconds. This is why I suspect I hit bone, something's ticked off at me under there.

    So far, nothing has left spots on my floor!
    Jason Beam
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    i gotta know frank?
    Ok Tod. About 20 years ago at Pellow’s Camp I walked close to a bonfire holding an open can of gasoline. Fumes from the can caught on fire causing the can to explode. Although I was very very stupid to do such a thing I redeemed myself somewhat by knowing that the right thing to do was to drop down and roll to put out the flames.

    I suffered first second and third degree burns to my arm upper body and face and was in shock. I was very fortunate that my mum was at camp with me and that she was a nurse. Mum did the necessary first aid then took me by boat and car to the small hospital in Hearst. I received good care there (including skin grafts) and was soon back to normal. One month to the day of the mishap, I swam a kilometre.
    Cheers, Frank

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    I did not include those that resulted from planned surgery which would have moved me from the under 5 to over 5.

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    Thumbs down Your Arithmetic is screwed up Tod

    Hey Tod, someone with the answer 5 cannot answer your poll.
    Cheers, Frank

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