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How to prevent common snowblower injuries

Car on Snow-Covered RoadJust a reminder: do not put hands into a snowblower, even after the machine is turned off. Blades can continue to revolve and tear off fingers and hands.

"Very commonly after the first snowfall, people tend to forget good principles of safety and care," Joshua Pletka MD says in an interview for Health Link on Air radio. The show airs at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. Pletka, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Upstate, says the typical victim of a snowblower accident is a male, age 44, and 90 percent of the time, the victim has injured their dominant hand. Since it is the longest, the middle finger is often the one that is removed by the snowblower blades.

Learn more about Dr. Pletka

Hear his interview on Health Link on Air radio.