During a December 2010 snowstorm, the Rhode Island Hospital emergency department treated eight patients with snow blower injuries. All were injuries to the fingers or hand, three of which were partial amputations.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that nearly 6,000 people sustain injuries from snow blowers each year. Most of these are injuries to the fingers and hands; however there have been at least 19 deaths since 1992 attributed to snow blower accidents.
The Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital offers the following snow blower safety tips: