(3/2/12) State officials are warning people to keep their hands out of their snow-blowers.
That’s after seven men in the Eau Claire area suffered major hand injuries this week, while unclogging wet heavy snow from their machines. Four of the victims needed surgery – and three had at least one finger partially-or-completely amputated. The Mayo Health System in Eau Claire treated all seven men. Spokesman Paul Meznarich said the hospital normally gets one-or-two snow-blower injuries in the average winter – and seven in one day is really unusual. Authorities say people should always turn off their clogged snow-blowers, and then use a broom or stick instead of their hands to dislodge the snow.