A brushcutter severs his hand

Brushcutter severs his hand


A mother who suffered a brushcutter accident that seriously lacerated her hand warns of the dangers of such tools if a safety perimeter is not respected.&nbsp ;

“Never again, never, never again will I let my spouse pass the tractor or the whip with a close person or child, now it's really caution”, says the Mirabelloise Melissa Ethier. 

On June 9, her husband Alex Boily was finishing cutting the lawn with a blade brushcutter when the mother of four approached to tell her not to cut certain flowers. 

By measure as a precaution, she asked him to wait a moment to step back. But, with the loud noise of the machine, her spouse did not hear her. 

He turned around and the brushcutter accidentally hit the fence. The man lost control of the grass trimmer which then injured his spouse.

” It picked up my hand, says Mélissa Éthier, it cut my palm from the little finger to the thumb “. 

She recognizes today that it was very reckless to approach “two or three feet” of a machine like this. 

“The main cause of accidents with a brushcutter is precisely the safety perimeter that is not respected”, explains the brush clearing trainer, Martial Grenon. 

A safety radius of 15 meters must be maintained at all times when a brushcutter – whether blade or corded – is in operation, underlines the expert. 

Daily upset 

Following the accident, nearly 11  hours were needed to carry out the restructuring operation on Mélissa Éthier's hand. 

“I can only move my fingers one millimeter. It will take me a year of rehabilitation minimum and I will never regain my mobility to 100 % ”, she says. 

Resilient, the 41-year-old woman is aware that the coming months will be full of challenges. 

” In my daily life, this accident means that I will not be able to work for a year. . Unfortunately, I'm only entitled to 15 weeks of unemployment,” she laments. to disability insurance in the last few years since she was on forced work stoppage due to the pandemic.  

“ With the cost of living and gas rising, it going to be difficult,” she said. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to allow the family to breathe a little.

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