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akylekoz
akylekoz Reader
10/5/16 2:12 p.m.

New years eve 1999. I kicked the foot petal away from the drill press, then apparently took a step exactly in the same direction. I reached to change the belt speed my foot triggered the switch. Hearing the motor start I quickly pulled my finger from the spinning pulleys. At first glance everything appeared normal, then blood started to appear where my fingernail used to be. They told me I did a great job removing it. They fished around under my cuticle with a miniature spoon looking for the rest of it. If I had not pulled the entire nail out they would have had to finish the job.

kb58
kb58 Dork
10/5/16 2:35 p.m.

I don't feel so good, so I'll have to top that, one of those "friend of a friend" ones, so who knows.

So this guy works in a two-story building which is mostly open to the area below. One day he decides to impress people by jumping over the railing and landing part way down the stairs. That would have been fine had his wedding ring not caught on the screw on a conduit coupler right at the top of the railing. He landed fine and looked up to see about 2" of his wedding finger, still attached to about a foot of tendon. Yeah I didn't feel good after that story either.

The roundabout moral of the story: no rings, watches, or gloves around moving equipment.

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH MegaDork
10/5/16 2:56 p.m.
kb58 wrote: I don't feel so good, so I'll have to top that, one of those "friend of a friend" ones, so who knows. So this guy works in a two-story building which mostly open to the area below. One day he decides to impress people by jumping over the railing and landing part way down the stairs. That would have been fine had his wedding ring not caught on the screw on a conduit coupler right at the top of the railing. He landed fine and looked up to see about 2" of his wedding finger, still attached to about a foot of tendon. Yeah I didn't feel good after that story either. The roundabout moral of the story: no rings, watches, or gloves around moving equipment.

Heard a similar one to this from my uncle. Young guy just married, doing some wiring job for IBM involving running wires across a wall with a ladder...can't remember all the details, but basically he came off the ladder, wedding ring got caught on some mounting hardware on the wall, and off goes the finger.

92dxman
92dxman SuperDork
10/5/16 3:20 p.m.

I used to work as a vendor for a manufacturer that involved building sample displays in Lowes Depot stores and i've dropped fence panels on my feet, wacked myself with a mallet, twisted my work gloves in the chuck of my cordless drill. Probably child's play compared to some of you guys

Stefan (Not Bruce)
Stefan (Not Bruce) MegaDork
10/5/16 6:09 p.m.

Wow. Just wow.

As far as berkeley ups go, this one was pretty bad.

jimbbski
jimbbski Dork
10/5/16 6:57 p.m.

I was using a 6X48 belt sander and the belt grabbed the piece I was sanding and pinned my two index finger between it and the moving belt. My right finger recovered almost 100% but my left is about a 1/4 inch shorter

RexSeven
RexSeven UberDork
10/5/16 7:20 p.m.

RealMiniParker
RealMiniParker UberDork
10/5/16 10:26 p.m.
JG Pasterjak wrote: Although one time I was pulling my socks on and my hand slipped off and I punched myself in the nuts.

Dude, how berking high and tight do you pull up your socks?

evildky
evildky SuperDork
10/6/16 10:27 a.m.

Alright, my top 3 self inflicted injuries:

  1. Impaled myself with a BarBECUE fork (in the leg, walked into it, just a few stitches as the cuts were deep but narrow)

  2. Burnt my hand with an oxyacetylene torch (building a challenge car no less, second degree burns)

  3. As most fo the staff is aware as well as many fellow challengers, I cut my face open with a chainsaw (long story, all better now, had a great plastic surgeon)  photo IMG_1178.jpg

Spoolpigeon
Spoolpigeon PowerDork
10/6/16 11:17 a.m.

evildky's face today:

You can see his plastic surgeon did a wonderful job getting him back to his former likeness.

KyAllroad
KyAllroad UberDork
10/6/16 11:55 a.m.

This whole thread makes me a bit queasy. As an Army Medic and then as an ER CNA, I've seen a ton of "stuff", it's my imagination that's better these days. I can much more easily imagine so many of these injuries happening to myself (or my kid). As I get older, each fresh new hurt takes longer to heal and the lingering effects are more noticeable.

CLNSC3
CLNSC3 HalfDork
10/8/16 5:53 a.m.

Hahaha I was making a pressure bleeder a few month's ago and drilled deep into my palm with a brand new large drill bit. Fresh out of first aid supplies i wrapped a microfiber towel around my hand, zip tied it and drove to the store. After taking pics of course. It was disgusting there was fat coming out of the hole after i got it cleaned up.

RevRico
RevRico Dork
10/8/16 7:02 a.m.
CLNSC3 wrote: It was disgusting there was fat coming out of the hole after i got it cleaned up.

Still have the scar on my finger from an archery accident ~15 years ago, same thing though, you could see to the bone and had fat cells coming out

bentwrench
bentwrench Dork
10/8/16 11:09 a.m.
akylekoz wrote: New years eve 1999. I kicked the foot petal away from the drill press, then apparently took a step exactly in the same direction. I reached to change the belt speed my foot triggered the switch. Hearing the motor start I quickly pulled my finger from the spinning pulleys. At first glance everything appeared normal, then blood started to appear where my fingernail used to be. They told me I did a great job removing it. They fished around under my cuticle with a miniature spoon looking for the rest of it. If I had not pulled the entire nail out they would have had to finish the job.

Funny how it doesn't hurt till you see the blood!

fasted58
fasted58 UltimaDork
10/8/16 11:14 a.m.

SCCA liked the article too, they posted the GRM link on their FB page.

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