Many of us might think we’re saving our backs and our time by ditching the shovel and firing up the snow blower after a big snowfall.
But, snow blowers cause more than 5,000 serious injuries every year. Most snow blower injuries occur on the hands and can range from cuts and lacerations to full-blown amputations.
He says heavy, wet snow is more likely to cause injury because it often creates a blockage in the machine.
While almost all snowblower-related injuries are preventable, accidents are always possible. So, it’s important to get help immediately if an accident occurs.
Dr. David Shapiro of the Cleveland Clinic says, “If you do get an injury, the first thing to do is carefully assess your injury; take the gloves off; bandage the fingers as best you can and, depending on the magnitude of the injury, head to the emergency room.”
Most times, injuries happen to people when they let their guard down. So, even if you’ve been using a snowblower for years, it’s important to follow the rules every single time to avoid a devastating injury.