Since 2003, roughly 9,000 Americans have lost a finger (or two, or three) to a snowblower-related injury, according to estimates derived from Consumer Product Safety Commission data. Overall, about 15 percent of people who go to the E.R. as a result of a snowblower injury end up getting fingers amputated.
The year-to-year fluctuation in these numbers is probably related to the number of severe snow storms in the U.S.
Why are men losing their fingers? For the simple reason that they keep sticking their hands in snowblowers while they're still running.