LAWRENCE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Lawrence Firefighters assisted a man Tuesday who got his hand stuck in a snowblower—and then went a step further to help him out.
"They carefully extricated his hand sent him to the hospital and then shoveled his driveway and put his snowblower back together," Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty wrote in a tweet Tuesday. "That’s service!!! Great job!!"
During this latest bout of snowfall, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center's Emergency Department said they've received six patients "who accidentally put their hand in a snowblower" in under 48 hours.
Lahey's Dr. Mark Bracken told WBZ NewsRadio these injuries aren't a surprise—they're used to it each time there's a big storm.
"I think one's instinct when something is stuck is to dislodge it," Lahey's Dr. Mark Bracken said. "I think often it seems like it's off, it doesn't seem to be running anymore, even though the ignition may be on—or, even the ignition is off, and it just rotates one more time. But the snowblowers do come, most of them, with a little tool, a little shovel, to dig it out. Or, you should use a stick or something else to dig it out, and not put your hand in."
He wants to remind people not to put their hands anywhere near the chute or blades of their snowblowers.
"Everybody who comes in says the same thing, which is, I can't believe I did that."
WBZ NewsRadio's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports