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CHARLESTOWN, In (WDRB) --At Brian Fisher's Charlestown job, his hands are everything.

"In dentistry, you use your thumb pretty much on every tool that you have," he said.

Fisher's future in the business was comprised just about a year ago. It was Spring, and work needed to be done outside.

"I was in a hurry and running a table saw," Fisher explained.

The accident happened soon after the sawing began.

"It was a partial amputation of his thumb," his doctor at Kleinert Kutz, Rodrigo Moreno, told WDRB.

He couldn't help but let his emotions get the better of him. When he made it to the doctors office, and saw the X-rays, it didn't look good.

"He didn't know if he could save my thumb or not," Fisher said.

After surgery, a lot of rehab, and 90 days Fisher was back in his scrubs and seeing patients.

Now he and his doctor want to warn others about how they can prevent something like this from happening to them.

They issued the following tips:

- Do not override the safety cutoff switch on the tool
- Secure work with clamps or a vise, freeing both hands to operate the tool
- Work in well-lighted areas
- Make all adjustments to tools with the power off
- Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry around the wrists
- Keep your finger off the trigger when carrying the tool
- Disconnect tools when not using them
- Never remove machine safeguards
- Use personal protective equipment

"All of those things can diminish the amount of injuries that we have," said Moreno.

It's the kind of injury Fisher had, and one he acknowledges could have been so much worse.

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