Even powered down snowblowers can cause serious injuries. Injuries from powered down snow blowers are very serious and happen to older experienced operators. The culprit appears to be wet snow. It clogs the augers and the impeller. When you shut the engine off rotational force is still in place because of the wet snow. If you try to remove the snow with your hand and fingers there is a high probability that you will lose your fingers.
When the clogged wet snow is removed the impeller will move and slice off your fingers. At first you may not even realize that they are gone. Never stick your hand and fingers anywhere near the auger or the impeller!
Injuries from Powered Down Snow Blowers
The best way to remove that heavy wet snow from a clogged snow blower is to use a stick or the tool that it came with. It may be frustrating and take more time but it is so much better than losing a finger.
The snow is wet and heavy. Clear it out immediately before it has a chance to freeze. If it does freeze you will not be able to unclog it until spring.
Injuries from powered down snow blowers are increasing every year. We have not included any pictures in our posts of the injuries, however there are lots on the internet and some of them are pretty gruesome. There are no safety warnings in the manual or on the machine. Never stick your hands anywhere near the auger or the impeller ever!