That is exactly what happened to me. I never walked with an open carpet knife until this one Friday afternoon in 1987. The story is too long to tell, so I'll spare you. Suffice it to say I walked about 7 feet away from where I was working with knife in hand and I tripped over an extension cord and BAM! The carpet knife smacked my left forearm and the next thing I saw was my blood shootin' out all over the place. I just nicked the main artery apparently. Yada, yada, yada I got 9 stitches and lived to tell about it.
ive seen that beforeLol this is one gory thread.
Yesterday i was finishing a job and guy i was with was telling me about how 18g nail guns tend to curl in the wood and come back out into your hand. Lol just after that he shot the trim the nail hit a screw and came back out into his finger. Im laughing playing stupid "like wow man you were just talking about that a second ago. Its almost like you should of listened to your own warning." He was pissed cause i was making fun of him.
Since the article specifies it was something the homeowner used, not a professional cleaner, any speculation would be a bit moot.2 pets died in this house, a bird and a cat. They traced it to carpet cleaning powder. I suspect sodium hydroxide based as its fatal to human airways and is highly toxic. Birds have delicate respiratory systems. Cats like to groom.
That "carpet cleaning powder" didn't make sense to me since powdered detergents are virtually not sold to homeowners in general. I've never seen a single one in my area anyway. I know just about anyone could get one these days easily online though. I checked several sites on that article and found the so-called "carpet cleaner" was a powder sprinkled on the carpet to be vacuumed up. Sounds like a Carpet Fresh product or something similar would be my bet although it could've been a dry powder. I've seen some places get pretty rank with that stuff and the scent was very strong from repeated use. Birds and other small animals are a lot more sensitive to this stuff than humans. As I've mentioned before I nearly killed a customer's dog with a very nice Rose scented deodorizer years ago. The stuff smelled fantastic, but her dog was not a fan evidently. The article on this said the home was unusually small at only 400 sq. ft. so it was a very enclosed area probably with poor ventilation.Since the article specifies it was something the homeowner used, not a professional cleaner, any speculation would be a bit moot.