Don't put your hands in a snowblower

05/27/2010 | Reuters

Almost 780,000 snowblowers were delivered to U.S. retailers last year, according to OPEI. However, the number of injuries related to the use of those snowblowers has risen. There were 4,615 injuries between 2002 and 2008, slightly higher than the 4,295 estimated in the previous decade, a new study says. To prevent injuries, operators should never put their hands in the machine whether it is on or off, says Dr. Bart Hammig, lead author of the study. "The majority of injuries, about 70%, including broken and amputated fingers, occurred in people -- mostly men -- over 40 years old."

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