- Paul Thomas, 31, from Dunstable, received 33 stitches in hospital after accident
- He described how he lost control of angle grinder before it ‘hit him in the face’
- Builder was left with blood pouring from large wound, but insists it ‘didn’t hurt’
A builder was left needing 33 stitches after a nine-inch angle grinder got lodged in his chin as he tried to knock down a wall.
Paul Thomas, 31, from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, described how he lost control of the hand-held power tool before it ‘hit him in the face’.
He was left with blood pouring from the large wound on his chin, with the blade missing his throat by just inches.
The builder was taken to hospital for treatment following the horror accident.
Paul Thomas, 31, from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, had a lucky escape after an electric angle grinder flew into his face and cut open his chin
The builder (pictured shortly after the accident) was left with blood pouring from his face
Mr Thomas said his colleagues’ faces ‘turned green’ when they saw the gash on his chin, but insisted that it ‘didn’t hurt’.
Describing what happened, he said: ‘[The angle grinder] ran on the wall and hit me in the face.
‘I just grabbed my face – I knew straight away I had cut myself. It was so deep and there was a massive pool of blood on my hand.
‘I held my face and walked round to my colleague at the back of the house. He went green.
Despite the large wound, Mr Thomas insisted it ‘didn’t hurt’ and was even picture smiling after the horror accident
‘We called an ambulance and it took 25 minutes to come out. I was in the hospital for three hours and had 33 stitches put in.’
However, Mr Thomas claimed the wound ‘didn’t hurt’ even when paramedics were treating him, with photographs taken just after the accident showing him smiling.
The accident took place while he was renovating a house last Thursday.
He had been using the angle-grinder to cut open a wall when the incident took place (file image)