They say you're entitled to do 3 stupid things in your life.
My first one was kicking a pile of dirt in a trench back into the
trenching machines teeth. Nearly lost my leg on that one.
Since then I have have lost lots a blood but I prefer to call these
"accidents" since I would have long ago used up stupid thing 2 and
Trainee Takes Injury in Stride!
The saw is just for the dramatic
effect. She really she bumped
into a sharp
corner on the boat
I managed to
find poison ivy
the lot. Does
poison ivy count?
No more feeling in this finger tip!
try to clear the scarf while
lathe is running. That's likely
the safety instructions I threw
in the trash.
routinely scoff at the idiots that put the "Wear Eye
Protection" stickers an everything from screw
drivers to hammers. In blatant rebellion I
immediately pull off the stickers and toss them in
the trash along with the safety guard and any paper
work containing the words "Proper Use".
I picked up my angle grinder which had an abrasive
cut off wheel installed just to remove a small burr.
Not bothering with gloves and forgetting I had just
changed the worn of 5 inch disk with a new 7 inch
disk, I flipped on the switch and quickly removed a
necessary piece of skin and portion of tended from
one of my knuckles. So you wimps, sissies, and
lawyers can go ahead and laugh it up.
Welding sun burn. No, that
does not count unless you work
in Information Technology or
Kay got too close to a wire cup brush on a 6,000 rpm
Dewalt grinder. It ate her orange tank top, put a
skid mark up her belly and the chewed on her wrist.
Up close you can actually see the wire marks left in
the skin that still remains. The best part is that
this is the second time!
I still love the plasma cutter, but I'll be wearing
my welding helmet or at least sun glasses from now
on. For making a couple of cuts in plate or
sheet where the arc is not visible there is no
problem with just wearing a clear shield, but while
scrapping our school bus the arc is too often
visible, and Arc Eye is the result.
"Arc eye, also known as welder's flash, bake eyes,
corneal flash burns, or flash burns, is a painful
ocular condition sometimes experienced by welders
who have failed to use adequate eye protection."
"The intense ultraviolet light absorbed by the eye
causes a superficial and painful keratitis. Symptoms
tend to occur a number of hours after exposure and
typically resolve spontaneously within 36 hours. The
sensation has been described as having sand poured
into the eyes." -- wikipedia.org
A number 5 tinted shield is recommended but I have
found it easy enough to just use one of our
auto-tinting welding helmets.
brother Pat dropped in to celebrate July 4th.
He picked up the welder and put together some
to support our shade over the build site. He
demonstrated how quickly you can pick up on
welding, and then he demonstrated what happens if a
chunk of hot slag gets inside your shoe.
have a scar from that one.
The Reason We Get Tetanus Shots
I don't mind shots but I hate the stupid things the
medical industry does to pump money out of my
pocket, so I complained to my doctor when he wanted
to give me a tetanus shot before I had my appendix
removed. I objected on the grounds that the surgical
instruments probably were not rusty and contaminated
with manure. My comments fell on deaf ears and he
dove the needle home. Well tonight I got back
at him, because I took advantage of that shot by
breaking a drill bit and running the remaining piece
through my finger. So take that medical
Kay's turn to shed some blood for the cause. Check
out that box knife blade. That's almost as sharp as
My turn with the box knife! I showed Kay how to
really do something stupid.
So I think I left the hammer on the top of the
ladder, but it may have been a pipe that I was using
as a brace. ...I don't remember.
now recommend that you buy angle grinders with dead