What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had while doing a DIY project?

| 5/13/2009 2:11:08 PM

Tags: safety, power tools, question to readers,

Do-it-yourself projects have so many benefits. Many people enjoy woodworking, plumbing or metal working as a hobby. You can save money by doing things yourself, too. And you have the satisfaction of doing something for yourself and knowing it’s been done right (or at least you know how it was done, even if it’s not quite “right”).

But there are some risks. Slivers, minor cuts, bruises and sore backs are to be expected. Other accidents are more serious: cuts from a circular saw, burns while welding or electrocution during a wiring project.

What’s the worst injury you’ve experienced while doing a DIY project?

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Letha Dearborn_4
6/11/2009 3:53:00 PM

The worst injury I had was when I was a carpenter and we built custom stairways. Well anyway I was cutting out a hand rail fitting blank on a ban saw. The blade was dull but we needed the blank cut and shaped asap so I was forcing it. Having to really lean on the block of laminated oak, the blade caught a heavy grain pattern and well...I pushed my little finger right through the blade. Luckily I realize what was going on quick enough and I didn't panic so I slowly pulled my finger out of the blade, turned off the saw and went to the bathroom. My brother in law noticed the trail of blood, followed it and saw me, his little baby sister in law leaned over the sink with my head down bleeding into the sink. It got stitched up and is now fine until my hands get cold and then I bump it, ouch!

Glen Graham
6/3/2009 1:04:20 PM

My own worst injury was when cutting down a tree for a friend. It was very near his house so I had to fell it bit by bit from the top. The ladder slipped out fromm under me and although I was only about 10 feet above the ground, I was holding a chainsaw, and when the ladder fell and I hit the ground I went over with my foot still trapped in the ladder and with the weight of the saw pulling me over , tore all the ligaments in my foot and ankle. I was on crutches for a couple of weeks. A year on and I still get pain. Worst part is it was my own fault for not securing the ladder! Funniest mistake I've seen was a professional carpenter at work. He had a screw held between his fingers, got an itch on his head and went to scratch it - sticking the screw in his eye!! - He wasn't badly hurt though, so it's OK to laugh!

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