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Unread 01-05-2014, 07:11 PM   #1
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Shop Accidents/Injuries.. Dissection

I recently posted a thread on a bumper build...

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f37/a...build-1959754/

I mentioned a finger injury that I sustained. It was avoidable, but sometimes when we're in a hurry, we make mistakes. I made a mistake, here.

I know better than to wear gloves while doing certain tasks, or when running certain pieces of machinery. As a rule, I don't wear gloves when I should wear gloves. This day was different.

I had on a pair of Hi-Flex gloves. The grip side is rubber, and the backside is stretchy nylon material....like some aftermarket stretchy seat covers.

I was cutting a piece of metal in my band saw. I don't have a coolant system, so I use a lube stick, manually applied. I have been doing this for years. I don't wear gloves when applying this product. This day, I was...

As I was applying the stick, the band saw blade caught the stretchy backside material of my glove. I wasn't expecting it, so it took advantage of me.

Like a rubber band, the spinning blade caught the backside of my glove, stretched the material, and pulled my finger into the blade.

I watched it as though it was in slow motion...

As soon as my brain had figured out what was happening, I pulled my hand away, but the damage had been done. The saw blade sliced the flesh away from the bone on the backside of my finger. There was a flap of cut finger meat hanging there. I actually saw it happen in the blink of an eye.

I have sustained several small/medium injuries over the years, in my shop. I am always alone when this happens, and have learned not to panic when it happens.

So, I wrapped my finger with gauze, and wrapped a couple of bandages over the gauze. This did not stop the bleeding, so I placed a latex glove over that, to catch the blood, as I drove myself to the emergency room.

I got 14 stitches in my finger. Eventually, the stitches came out. The doc did a good job.

Here are some pics of my finger...














What anybody failed to tell me was that I now had no knuckle skin left. It was as though my finger had a facelift, where everything (the skin) is tight. So, I couldn't bend my finger more than about 10 degrees.

I had to keep bending my finger, with the help of my other hand, to stretch the skin on that finger, and create new knuckle skin.

As of today, it's pretty good, and does not prevent me from doing anything that I could do before.

So...in my bumper thread, someone suggested that I explain what happened, so that others may learn from it.

DON'T WEAR GLOVES WHEN USING MACHINERY THAT HAS SPINNING PARTS!!! The gloves can get pulled into the spinning part, and tear you up!

Some examples are...

A band saw...






A belt sander...








A drill press...





I'm sure that there are a lot more examples, but this should give you guys the idea...

Rich


EDIT...I actually ended up being very lucky. There is no real permanent damage to speak of, like severed tendons, ligaments, etc.


Here are pictures of the healed finger, today...








I can fully bend it...




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Shop Accidents/Injuries.. Dissection

This thread will serve as a place to talk about (and post pics) of our shop accidents in an attempt to help each other avoid making the same mistakes.

A few pics.. an explanation.. and recommendations on how to avoid the injury are all pertinent.

I would say posting most injury pics that are "work safe" should be okay. However, let's not get carried away by posting gruesome death pics out of respect to the families of the deceased. I guess the best way to do this, is to simply post your own personal experience.. that way, we know you're still alive and kicking!!
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No pics but words of wisdom to those who don't have much experience in a shop, wear eye pro at ALL TIMES. I grabbed an air drill out of the box and hooked it up to the air to test it as we all do, pressed the trigger and a left over sliver of steel flew off the chuck and embedded itself in my eye. NOT FUN. Just put it on, Its not worth losing your vision.
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Here's an eye pic from the last time I had metal picked out.. This was after simply pulling a box off a shelf.. had dirt/shavings on it.. boxed tipped as I was getting it down and I got a facefull. 2 days later, I finally caved and went to the eye Doc. He was able to pick it out and use the little Dremel tool to polish out the rust ring. The small speck of metal had landed directly in the center of the pupil..
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This is some random internet pic, but this happens a lot more than most people think. I don't always grind with a face shield, but I ALWAYS use them with a cutting disc.
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No pics but words of wisdom to those who don't have much experience in a shop, wear eye pro at ALL TIMES. I grabbed an air drill out of the box and hooked it up to the air to test it as we all do, pressed the trigger and a left over sliver of steel flew off the chuck and embedded itself in my eye. NOT FUN. Just put it on, Its not worth losing your vision.
Very true..eye protection is probably the most important Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) we can all wear. In a way, I'm glad that I need to wear glasses just to see. Because of this, I have to wear them while performing tasks.

I also work at a sub manufacturing base. When we do any grinding at all, we have to wear safety glasses, safety goggles over the safety glasses, and a full face shield over the goggles and glasses. AND...the face shield has to have a fire retardant shroud that is draped over the back of our head and shoulders. Sometimes it takes longer to put all the PPE on, than to do the task! But...it is what it is.

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When it comes to PPE, don't get the el cheapo face sheilds as they simply are an ineffective dust shield and can add to the carnage when inpacted by a cut off wheel or other high speed shrapnel. My personal favorites I use is are the Uvex S8510 Bionic Shield http://www.amazon.com/Uvex-S8510-Pol...d_sbs_indust_4 and the 3M Ratchet Headgear H8A http://www.amazon.com/3M-Protection-...d_sim_indust_1 as they have a fairly thick (@3mm IIRC) and are comfrotable to wear with out fogging or other issues with my safety glasses on under them.

When it comes to safety glasses, it isn't 1988 and the only styles are ugly and birthcontrol, buy a style that fits and you actually like the looks of. I am partial to the Nemesis line mfgd by Jackson Safety as they fit and don't fog up, they have a plethora of styles and even 2 different colors of polarized safety glasses that have replaced my $150 Oakleys for everyday wear. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...dustrial%2C303 and for @ $138 less than the Oakleys...

For ears I like my Howard Leight Impact ear muffs that I can plug in my phone, listen to music, and hear people talking to me while grinding. http://www.amazon.com/Howard-Leight-...d_sim_indust_5 Amazing they are. I have tinnitus because I was too cool to wear ear pro (more like too stupid) and now I have a 45% hearing loss at 38 years old. Had these been around back when I was younger and dumber I would still have most of my hearing. If you can stand ear plugs, wear them, I have a buddy that lost his hearing in his right ear because a piece of molten metal dripped into his ear rolled down his ear canal and disintegrated his eardrum where it finally stopped. It was a real quick 5min job tacking in an exhaust system...

I like either Kevlar cut resistant grippy gloves as they don't get all melty when sparks or heat finds them or a good stout pair of leather gloves that are well fitting. Elk skin or buckskin are my preferred, last longer and fit better than cowhide ever will. Find a pair that is actually sized in real glove sizes that do NOT end in s/m/l/xl and instead are like shoe sizes, 9,10, 10.5 etc. The difference is amazing.

If you take the time to find protective items that are comfortable and you don't mind being seen in (aren't we all a HS girl just trying to get notices after all?) it is more likely to be worn. If it is uncomfortable, unnecessarily complicated and FUGLY, it is apt to be hanging on the wall next to the first aid kit you are pawing through trying to stop the bleeding or flushing metal and abrasives out your eye. The price difference might seem a lot more than the HF and el cheapo crap found at a flea market, but the life cycle cost (initial purchase price/how long it lasts) is generally much cheaper than CHICOM garbage of unknown quality that is constantly breaking, failing or wearing out.

If you hate PPE, it's because you haven't found a style you like yet or you enjoy being a walking PSA for the rest of us.
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^^^^ All very good information, and thanks for sharing the models, and links to those products.


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Eye injury tips for after.........

Probably the most common injury in my shop is a piece of metal in the eye, hot or cold, it hurts and can do massive damage.

For the small pieces that will not dislodge within a minute, try this first:

Hold eye open so it drys out, then push lower lid in and roll eye down. Often the dryness is enough to grab and dislodge. Be ready to flush so it does not re-attach itself. Do this early before the watering starts, the eye drys faster.

IF BLOOD is present see a DOCTOR!

Second and more invasive trick is to wet a match stick (paper/cardboard type, not wooden!) with eye wash so it is flexible (remove sulfar end of course) and lay in the eye then roll the eye toward the match stick. This one has worked for me at least 10 times. Even dust particles that stick can be removed this way.


Identifiy were it is, usually it is stuck on the color. Use a magnifying mirror or glass while looking in a mirror in different light and light angles to see it. It is more of what you don't see really. It appears as a break in the gloss of your eye. Once you know were it is, the task of removing it is somewhat easier and much less painful, PLUS less damge risk than "hit and miss exploration of the eye.


THIS IS FREE ADVICE, please take it for what it is worth. It works for me and many people I work with. It is your eye(s), so treat it as such.

The best fix is prevention.

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For a small ferrous metal objects in the eye, a rare earth magnet has been known to remove the object. Again, free advice, it's YOUR EYE, use at your own peril.
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This is some random internet pic, but this happens a lot more than most people think. I don't always grind with a face shield, but I ALWAYS use them with a cutting disc.
After seeing this, I will never use a cutting disk again without wearing a shield. That is some scary stuff.
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I like this thread.

I use the 3m face shield myself, was going to post up and see your guys' opinions, glad to know they are one of the "good" ones.

A tip i would give is to pay attention to where your sparks are flying while grinding. This can be extended to any spark or source of ignition. Especially in enclosed areas, like youre home garage with an old can of acetone under the workbench that got knocked over the day before and has leaked...
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I use a welding hood. Seemed every time I used my face shield it was scratched up, and I need to carry an extra hood anyway. I just use clear lenses only.
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Every youngster should have to look at pictures like this when they argue that they don't want to wear the safety equipment... shop safety is a must.
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I made my Son Google "Lathe Accident", and look at those grizzly photos before letting him mess with the Mill. There was also a great video of an old timer who described how he lost all 4 finger on one hand in a press brake accident. Wish I could find the video.. it's actually pretty moving.
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