The Most Dangerous Job-site Tool Strikes Again
I've seen more serious injuries on construction jobsites resulting from utility knives than any other tool.
I was freehand cutting plastic ridge vent and the long bladed knife slipped. I didn’t realize I was cut right away, but the blood stream was noticeable. This was one of the few times I could put my college degree in biology and knowledge of anatomy to use on the job site. I could see the tendon through the wound moving when I moved my fingers — kind of like a physiology live demonstration.
Luckily the tendon wasn’t severed, but seeing the chunk of hanging flesh, I knew a butterfly bandage wasn’t going to close the hole. I didn’t have a bandage up on the roof to cover my arm and sop up the blood so I used my scissors (I keep scissors in my toolbelt for cutting flashing tape and housewrap) to cut the arm of my long-sleeve T shirt off, and I bound it over the cut with some housewrap tape.
The urgent care physician was great. She clipped off the 1-in. square chunk of arm that was held barely attached and asked if I fainted at the sight of needles. Being used to the large needles used when I donate blood, the one she was holding looked harmless.
After numbing the area I watched her efficiently place 9 sutures to close the wound shut. Luckily there was enough loose skin in my forearm to stretch over the hole.
Now I have to go wash blood off the roof before it leaves a stain.
Wash the blood off the roof? Only we few, we happy few in the trades!
Glad you're ok. I've been reading your articles since 2001 and you've been an inspiration to me!
You probably were tired or in a hurry. Be careful and stay safe. I enjoy reading your updates.
"We few, we happy few!" Perfect!
Mike, that's not blood on the roof. It's patina.
So, what did they do about the tendon? Serious consequences for someone in your occupation!