That is a timely reminder, now that winter is coming to the US, and more members will be looking for indoor projects,,,
The saw I cut myself with was a small professional climbing saw, real light in weight. I have several others, one up to 4 and a half horse motor. The other ones have a safety feature I have to use every time they get started. They are heavy enough I need both hands to operate them. That's what got me, and I was tired after working all night. trying to one hand the saw!One can never be too careful especially with a chain saw. Glad it was minor. Thanks for sharing. We all have to think about safety as priority one.
I almost have done that very same thing, so I placed an air line very close to things like that, It is like every time I have cut myself, I blame myself, think it through, ad remember that tool that like to have got me, our in the chainsaws case, barely got me, but also got my full attention. that will never happen again.Focus, focus, focus. A couple of years ago I was resawing some walnut on the band saw. I had three boards to cut and, after the first two, I noticed sawdust had built up at the bottom of the fence and I was afraid that the next board wouldn't be flush. So, without thinking (the root of most accidents) I brushed the saw dust away with my hand without turning off the saw. Fortunately, I didn't quite hit the bone but it was close. A few stiches into the front of my left hand ring finger, and a couple of weeks out of the shop taught me a lesson that I thought I already knew. On the up side, every time i walk into the shop the first machine I see is the band saw and it brings back the memory. To me it's a constant reminder to pay attention not only to the specific task (like wiping away sawdust0 but to my complete environment. Like the situational awareness I learned in the army but applied to the shop.
I avoid poison oak and ivy at all costs. it wears me out. I walk away from work because of it. I understand the chaps as well, they are a life saver. Around here it often seems I am getting saws out to run in the hottest part of the year, and the heat will wear the strongest of us out quick. Last year when the tornado ripped through middle Tenn , I offer my services for free to the folks that got hit the worst. There were a lot big trees down, and there were a lot of folks helping out as i was limbing these big trees. I did ok with my saw but told my wife I needed a bigger saw, she replies go get what you need, so I did, got a new set of chaps to go with them as well.A very long time ago when I was in my 20's we were brushing a survey line for a logging road in the south Oregon Coastal Mountain Range. It was in a old clear cut where the brush had grown up to about 15 feet tall and extremely thick. We were in 105 degree sun. I was more tired than I thought I was and walked back 15 to 20 feet where I had already brushed it several times just to see if I could see the next ribbon. Every time leaves brushed my face and after a while I got tired of that and looked at the leaves for the first time as I reached up to cut them out of my way. Yep. It was poison oak. Luckily I don’t usually get it and I did not get it that time. Right after that I decided to take a quick breather and put my foot up on an old rotten log and set the saw down on my leg, not realizing that I set the bar down on my leg and not the engine. Fortunately the chaps stopped the chain. I was so tired it didn’t even faze me, but I decided to turn the saw off and set it down. I could see clear thru the chaps, but it did not cut my pants. Chaps on a 100 degree plus day with no shade anywhere are extremely hot to wear, but they saved my leg. Moments of complacency can grab you at any time.
I have learned that If I am tired don't go in the shop. Fortunately not an incident to talk about. Don't worry about babbling about safety, I would rather babble than wish I had told someone before the accident than after the accident.This has nothing to do with Routers per-say but everything to do with how quick bad things happen when maybe are not as focused, paying attention when we run dangerous equipment.
Two weeks ago today after working my early morning shift, came home like normal with several medium sized limbs to cut up with a chainsaw that I had climbed up the tree and cut a few days earlier. I have run a chainsaw cutting big trees most all my life, usually crazy stuff no one else would touch. But today I was not focused and I was tired, the climbing saw I have , small pro saw, with a new bar, and chain kicked back and hit my left thumb like a dead blow hammer, boom, I knew it had got me instantly. It had my full and undivided attention instantly! I took my glove off and blood was pouring out of the tip of my thumb. It was cut in two places like a razor blade, one plenty deep, not cut off ,Thank You Jesus!. I take a lot of goodys powders , I bleed like water. I squeezed it back together and went to the house, and washed it thoroughly with dial soap, antibacterial, and press a clean cotton rag on it, to stop the bleeding, and it did stop after a while. I ended up in a urgent care where they soaked it and super glued it up, bandaged it. I took a few days off work, and have plenty much healed up for the most part. If you were going to have a accident with a chainsaw, this was about as far as I would want to take it.
I was a Woodcraft this afternoon and shared this story with gentleman in the store. He immediately lifted his right hand and showed me where his index finger was gone past the first knuckle but not a chainsaw , a table saw got him a few months ago.
Please do not pick up, turn on, or try to operate any of these wood cutting tools if you are not 100% focused on exactly what you doing, and where your hands and fingers are at all the time! All these tools will get you! Do not take them for granted ever! I still have all my fingers, but have had more stiches than I can remember, two plates, 11 screws, and two screens in my gut both sides, and have broken bones I try to forget when it's cold and they ache. I spent 3 and half weeks in a comma, defibbed threes times one afternoon.
Ray still making saw dust
Interesting idea. I already have paper bags in the shop that I use to knock down nibs in dry finish. I'll try that the next time I cut myself. Probably won't have to wait that long to try it outtwo things
one obnoxious and one helpful
helpful: when you are cut to stop the bleeding wrap the cut in unglazed brown paper like from super market my mother taught me that it works every time!
obnoxious: whenever you read any instruction manual there is always a paragraph on safety BUT ITS IN SUCH SMALL PRINT!!! its like they wants to hide it it always irks me
I have been guilty of jacking around with designed safety features in my earlier years, but as I watched and learned from the guys that done it all their lives, most sporting chopped off/mashed off fingers or really nasty looking scares. I could see the pain and regret in their eyes as they told you their stories. Some were some of the greatest machine operators I have ever been around, even though they were what I considered the best, that one time got them. I watched them everyday sometimes really struggle to try to do messed up hands what they used to do easily. That one screw up they have to live with everyday of the rest of their lives.I was in the ER a few weeks ago and this guy came in with his leg wrapped, except for a 6.5 inch circ saw blade embedded in his thigh. He was there for a number of hours while they stitched him up, then kept him laying down (in shock) for a few more hours. Finally, they let him leave, with that blade in his hands. Don't want to waste a blade, right?
He had locked the blade cover off to the side then lost his grip on the saw when it kicked back on a knot, then landed on his thigh. Ouch. The put all that safety stuff on saws and tools for a reason. But still, if you are paying full attention, you're probably gonna get it some time or other.