This may be why MTB brake handles have those rounded ends.
Appologies to news.au.com for wholly copying their story,
but we've got to make this danger known to the public:
Bicycle brake lever embedded in 12yo boy's thigh
February 05, 2007 11:48am
FIREFIGHTERS in Melbourne were forced to cut through a bike handlebar to free a 12-year-old boy after a brake lever became embedded in his thigh.
A Metropolitan Ambulance Service (MAS) spokeswoman said paramedics were called to O'Hea Street, in Pascoe Vale South, about 8.15am (AEDT) today where they found the boy face down on top of his BMX bike.
"He's fallen off his bike and the brake lever has embedded in his leg," the spokeswoman said.
Paramedics found that the alloy brake lever was so deeply embedded in the boy's thigh that it could not be removed safely at the scene.
The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) was then called to cut the handlebar free from the bike so the boy could be taken to hospital.
Paramedics gave the boy pain relief at the scene and stabilised him.
"He (was) coping well and he took some pain relief," the spokeswoman said.
"He was taken to the Royal Children's (hospital) in a stable condition."
It is believed the boy was on his way to school when the accident happened.