If you’re rinsing dishes and running the garbage disposal, and you see a knife slipping towards the drain, step one should be to shut off the switch, not try to stop the knife.
I saw our paring knife start to float towards the drain tonight, and figured I should avert disaster by stopping it before it got there. I couldn’t quite get ahold of it in time. It fell into the garbage disposal… handle first… meaning the blade started whipping around in the air. Right about where my hand was.
I had the sense to get my hand out of the way immediately; however I was trying to figure out what had happened and how bad I was hurt… so it was up to my quick thinking roommate Jen to shut the thing off. The damage is pretty minimal, all things considered. I got grazed a couple of times, plus one deeper gash on the middle and ring finger of my right hand. But nothing requiring stitches or ER trips or anything.
But I now know never, ever to do that again. And I also know to make sure all dishes are out of the sink, in case a knife is hiding under one of them, waiting to make its move again.