Here's one, circa 1970-71.
I'm 8 or 9 years old and our old carnie (Wisconsin carnie too) neighbor Carl decided to cut a tree limb.
Dad helps Carl get the ladder out and then Carl comes out with an extension cord and a circular saw.
(IIRC, old circular saws didn't have blade guards)
At this point I said to Carl that it looked pretty stupid to use that saw. (Kids have shitty filters)
He pretty much told me to shut up.
Well, Carl plugs the saw into the cord, tests it, adjusts the cut depth (with the saw plugged in) to max and heads up the ladder.
He's above the limb and cutting upward.
A few seconds into the cut, the saw kicks back. Since Carl had upward pressure on the saw, it hit him across the throat.
Down came the saw. Down came Carl.
Dad had his booger covered hanky in his hand as Carl hit the ground. He pressed it to Carl's neck and told his wife (Loawanna, Luanna something like that)
to get the car and to get him to the hospital.
30 minutes later he's getting stitched up.
Carl ended up surviving a jugular cut and has (had?) a 6+" scar across his neck to prove that he chose the wrong tool for the job.
Dad finished cutting the limb later that day with his chainsaw.
Yikes... I tend to stay far away from circular/skill saws for anything outside of cutting lumber. I learned how to use skill saws formally for USAR work, and was never comfortable with them. ZERO protection from kickback/weird center of gravity as it relates to torque, so much to the point that I've had enough close calls to know that I'm better off with a chainsaw.
Sounds like Carl learned from experience, and is one lucky dude. In my experience, the right tool for the right job and erring on the side of caution when woodworking, felling, or using power tools is a good way to avoid hospital trips.
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