Snow blower hand injury

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Ho


Sustained hand injury while clearing snow from sidewalk.

Patient Data

Age: 40
Gender: Female

Multiple displaced and non displaced parallel transverse fracture involving the second, third and fourth phalanges of the right hand. 

The second and third proximal phalanx fractures demonstrate full shaft width posterior displacement of the distal aspect.

Case Discussion

Majority of snow blower injuries involved injuries to the hand, and ranges from lacerations to amputations.

Most of those injuries occurred while attempting to clear jammed snow from the machine and were subsequently struck by the moving auger blade, resulting in an amputation, laceration, or fracture of the hand, fingers, or both. 

Even when the engine is off, often the blades are recoiled and once the jammed snow has been dislodge, the blades can uncoil rapidly.

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Case information

rID: 28542
Published: 29th Mar 2014
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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