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We all know the dangers of wearing rings on our fingers while working with machinery, doing construction work, and many other activities. Accidents can happen. There are hundreds of scenarios where your fingers safety can be in danger while wearing your wedding band. For example, a ring could get caught in moving parts and pull your finger into machinery that could cause severe damage – even accidental amputation! For this reason, many factories prohibit employees from wearing rings while working.
But sometimes, a ring can save your finger. It did for our customer Jeff Flesher. Jeff was involved in an accident and his ring saved his finger possible amputation. Here is what happened. Jeff was using a hole saw to drill a hole. And somehow Jeffs finger ended up on the business end of those razor sharp teeth going at about 3000 rpm. This could easily just eliminate the digit in a New York minute.
So what happened? Fortunately, Jeff was wearing his black titanium wedding band when the saw viciously attacked his ring finger. And although the saw did do some damage, the ring ultimately won the battle.
Here are Jeffs words. ”Last night my hand got caught in a hole saw. My ring finger was cut pretty badly but the important part is the titanium ring jammed the blade and stopped the saw. I ended up in the emergency room to get some stitches. Unfortunately, I had to have the ring cut off. The good news is that the ring saved my finger.” He was very fortunate. Check out his pictures. Yes, his finger looks horrible – but at least he has a finger! And it will heal.
Heres a video of showing a hole saw at work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTj8JVWDV6Q
Jeff goes on to say, "I purchased a Black Titanium Ring (model # Emr208) from you back in 2006. The ring has lived up to your promises for the past nine years. I couldn’t have been happier with it. I am going to order another one when my finger heals and I can give you a proper size. Thank you for selling such a great product." Gotta tell you, this really makes me feel warm and fuzzy to have a part in saving Jeffs finger.
However, a titanium ring will not save your finger in every accident scenario. Brutal accidents occur where a finger gets 86ed, severed, dismembered or whatever you want to call it.
In that gruesome case, here are some things you should immediately do, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
What to do if your finger gets cut off
In the event that your finger is amputated during an accident, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (yes, Orthopaedic, not Orthopedic) offers this advice:
- Apply pressure to the injured area immediately.
- Elevate your hand and apply ice to reduce bleeding and swelling.
- Gently cleanse the amputated part with water (preferably saline).
- Cover it in gauze wrap.
- Put it in a watertight bag.
- Place the bag on ice.
- Do not put the amputated part directly on ice. You could further damage it.
- Take the amputated part with you to the emergency room immediately.
How common is this?
Accidental finger amputations are more common that you may realize. One report published in 2002 by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) stated that about 30,000 people in the U.S. are rushed to the emergency room each year because theyve amputated a finger. And these were for non-work related. Add in the work time finger amputations and that figure would be significantly higher!
Whats a finger worth?
Can you really put a monetary figure on a finger’s value? Apparently, insurance companies can. In the U.K, an average claim payout for an amputated finger due to a work related accident is currently at between 44,000 and 65,000. ($67,000 – $84,000 U.S. Dollars)
Did you enjoy this true account? Read (and listen to) another exciting experience where our titanium ring stopped a bullet. Yes, that did happen.