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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #40 on: April 25, 2006, 02:25:36 pm »
Sorry to hear man. Its good see recovery though. I've been working in carpentry for 4 years now and I've learned using the tools fast and pissed off is a bad combo. I ran a piece  of mdf through the table saw very quickly the other day while pissed off. I never checked to see if the fence was clipped on square and i got huge kickback. Shredded my arm up good and gouged my thumb. wasn't as bad as your injury, but i learned from it.
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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #41 on: April 26, 2006, 09:13:43 pm »
I'm pretty damn late reading this one.  I'm really sorry to hear about your accident.  I know you can recover.  My uncle had a snowmobile accident where he smashed the middle bone in his middle finger.  They said they could replace it with nylon bone and he'd have about 20% movement in the finger.  He said, "cut it the F off".  He's still one of the more hany guys I know.  He even makes jokes like, playing hide and seek with his young son, he's told "no peeking", so he covers his eyes with his hand.... of course there's a gap to look through.  It's funnier in person.

I used to work doing hot asphalt roofing.  Asphalt is heated to 490 degrees F for application.  The guys on the crew used to say, "the day that you stop being afraid of that black stuff (they used a more explicative term) is the day you need to quit, 'cause it will hurt you, or kill you."

Same goes for power tools.

I wasn't sure, did you loose your index finger and damage the middle finger?  I was wondering why the middle one was pinned.

Oh, and the television series American Inventor recently showcased a contestant who lost his index finger.  Maybe inspiriational.
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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #42 on: May 25, 2006, 09:16:40 am »
5) Play any arcade game requiring two hands.


Only Pac & Ms. pac for you!

Good luck, hope the recovery goes well :cheers:
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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #43 on: July 30, 2006, 02:04:00 pm »
this can be move in the woodworking section...

ps: after few months how is your hand ? :-\ much better ? i really hope ...

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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #44 on: August 01, 2006, 12:22:24 pm »
Wow I just read this thread and it's a great reminder to ALWAYS be careful when working with power tools.  A few months ago I needed a little more depth on a router bit to make a cut so instead of buying an extender of some kind I just put the bit 1/2 way in.  As soon as I turned the router on the bit went flying and could have seriously injured someone.  Thank God it went flying away from my body.  I triple check everything now and always remember to have two hands on a power tool at all times.  It's very scary.

I hope you are still recovering well.

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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #45 on: August 28, 2006, 04:34:18 pm »
Thanks for sharing and get well soon! It's true power tools are deadly. You are a pro but most of us are just dorks cutting wood for our MAME cabs in the garage with a beer in one hand. As this thread shows even an experienced pro can make a costly oopsie. Be careful everybody!

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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #46 on: August 28, 2006, 10:25:35 pm »
This thread has definately done wonders for my caution level when working with power tools. Nothing stays plugged in any longer than nessicary and I *ALWAYS* do a two-handed grip on stuff I'm working on now.

My condolences for your pain, but thanks for saving alot of us the potential for a similar accident.
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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #47 on: August 30, 2006, 01:49:56 pm »
When I use my cordless Black-n-Decker multi-tool's saw attachment, I *always* pull the battery first before installing the saw, and always pull the battery as soon as I'm done. These warnings have made me duely paranoid :)
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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #48 on: August 30, 2006, 02:00:01 pm »

Heh... that's just common sense.  I always unplug a tool whenever I'm going to change settings or blades.

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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #49 on: December 05, 2006, 04:35:32 pm »
http://www.sawstop.com

Watch the hot-dog demo.  If I *ever* get a tablesaw, it will be this one.

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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #50 on: May 22, 2007, 03:46:59 pm »
I know what you mean and that's why they are called accidents.

I am a pretty safe builder and I also work on rc planes so I am very familiar with CA glue (super glue). Well one day I was using it to glue some plastic together and the piece did not mate up well. I squeezed the pieces together and they snapped shut and squirted some glue right into my eye. I wear hard contact lenses so I was very scared the lens would glue to my eye so I rushed upstairs and luckly was able to pull the contact lens out. THe lens was pretty much ruined (as CA melts some materials).

Hours later I had a flush device attached to my eyeball at the hospital and had to see another doctor. The bottom line is always try to be as safe as possible because you never know when something stupid like this will happen.

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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #51 on: October 29, 2007, 06:37:32 am »
I don't think I want to go back to my workshop this weekend! I know I tend to get impatient and cut corners... As many have said, this is a timely reminder to put that little bit more thought into safety to stop you spending a lifetime regretting that you didn't.

I'm impressed at your positivity in light of the situation, and on a forum like this full of (often times) amateurs using powerful tools... I think your post will (if not already) have saved many more accidents from occurring.

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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #52 on: June 20, 2008, 02:54:38 am »
I just bought a porter cable router and I was amazed on how strong it was. I am sorry to read what happened to you and I thank you for the advice. I am new at this and I will be using my router for the first time, and all this tips can help newbies like me prevent accidents. thanks again for posting this lesson to everyone.
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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #53 on: September 07, 2008, 09:18:50 am »
it is beautiful leaaon but you can put photo with explain

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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #54 on: March 22, 2009, 11:10:23 pm »
So is Toolaa doing ok now? I know its been along time. Just wanted to know.



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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #55 on: April 29, 2009, 11:28:21 am »
wow, that was tough :o

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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #56 on: July 06, 2009, 07:40:49 pm »
Heres to a speedy recovery.


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I try to be safe but frequently end up rushing through things and not putting on my goggles and things like that

I used to be the same until I had a dremel disc come apart on me once sending fragments flying into my face, they were that hot one of them actually stuck to my lip and left a blister for 2 weeks. Fortunately I had my put my safety glasses on 30 seconds before, now I wear them permanently when I'm working with power tools.

I cant stress this enough. People hear it all the time and still dont do it. A good way to put it is this.

A stone on a grinder is nothing but glued together sand really.

anybody whose ever seen a grinder stone explode would definately think twice. its like rocks pounding you all over. a dremel cutting disk is much smaller, is made out of the same stuff and is running at a much higher Rpm.

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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #57 on: July 06, 2009, 07:53:38 pm »
Oh, one thing i definately do is that i have a lot of Table tools. A handheld router can get you in trouble quick when it binds. when you have a piece of work like the side of an arcade cabinet to cut the groove for t molding then, the hand router is required.

whatever you do, dont take anybodys suggestion to try and cut t molding grooves with a Dremel. their is such a thing as the right tool for the right job. The Most accidents involving power tools besides alcohol and/or carlessness happen because someone is trying to use a tool for the wrong job.

I had a close call once i was using a 3/4 ton floor jack to lift an empty tool shed we moved from our old house up so we could set blocks under it and i had seen my buddy do it before.

what i didnt notice is that he had a 6 ton Jack. i found that out from him later when i called him to see what went wrong.

i set 3 blocks under it and as i was jacking up the fourth one the seals in the jack gave up the ghost and the shed came crashing down.


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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #58 on: July 13, 2009, 01:17:58 pm »
That must have been a HEAVY shed if it blew out a 1500 pound jack!

Regarding the dremel disks, I'm surprised I haven't caught one in my face yet. They are so brittle that I usually break one in half prior to even putting the tool on the work.

Another piece of advice; check your tools OFTEN! I was edging my yard yesterday with one of those edging attachments for my string trimmer. As I was pushing it forward, I noticed that the housing was shifting. The three bolts that hold the housing to the gear drive were loose! I'm sure I would have been in for a treat if a couple of those bolts came loose and the plastic housing dropped onto the spinning blade.

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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #59 on: March 06, 2010, 10:39:42 pm »
Heya I hope your doing well!, i've come close once from not haveing any downcutting jigsaw blades, I turned the jigsaw upside down blade pointing upwards to make a neat cut.. after feeling my thumb vibrate on the back of a jigsaw blade on max speed i come to this conclusion: "If you don't respect your tools they won't respect you".

its a good thing helping people to be more aware of the real dangers involved, Get well soon!  :cheers:

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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #60 on: July 16, 2011, 12:39:34 am »

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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #61 on: July 17, 2011, 11:11:49 pm »
Heres to a speedy recovery.


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I try to be safe but frequently end up rushing through things and not putting on my goggles and things like that

I used to be the same until I had a dremel disc come apart on me once sending fragments flying into my face, they were that hot one of them actually stuck to my lip and left a blister for 2 weeks. Fortunately I had my put my safety glasses on 30 seconds before, now I wear them permanently when I'm working with power tools.

I cant stress this enough. People hear it all the time and still dont do it. A good way to put it is this.

A stone on a grinder is nothing but glued together sand really.

anybody whose ever seen a grinder stone explode would definately think twice. its like rocks pounding you all over. a dremel cutting disk is much smaller, is made out of the same stuff and is running at a much higher Rpm.

The grinder stone from an air powered hand grinder is even worse, higher rpm and more likely to fall apart.

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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #62 on: October 14, 2011, 06:51:57 am »
I appreciate this thread. It's good to stop and think a bit sometimes.

A good saying to remember while working with power tools is:

"You don't want to put your hands where you don't want to put your penis!"

Helps me to think twice  :)

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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #63 on: February 23, 2012, 03:57:47 pm »
I'd been making cabinets in my home-grown arcade cab business for a year or so and was in a hurry to build two Mortal Kombat style cabs in just a week. You tend to become nonchalant whilst working with these lethal tools:
I'd just placed my router on it's side and whilst it was still rotating at full chat, I picked up the next piece of MDF, which was ideally placed right in front of the razor-sharp router bit...
I could see the bone in my index finger and now, 5 years on, still have a very obvious zig-zag scar visible to all.
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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #64 on: September 24, 2012, 08:31:21 am »
Really sorry to hear about this, here is my prayer for recovery and thanks that you post this as a reminder to all of us.

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Re: Accident At Work - Lesson to Everyone
« Reply #65 on: March 18, 2015, 04:06:00 am »
 I'm a little late on this but want to  know how hes doing. Ironicly, I just bought a router today! I haven't opened it yet and I also bought a 18 g air nailer/stapler. Just 8 hours ago! I have used a router before and am pretty good at safety but it's when you least expect it, it happens.
I had a good scare with my 24" 60cc chainsaw awhile back. I was helping a neighbor do some brush clearing around his horse pasture and I was wearing insulated coveralls in the dead of summer(there were lots of wasps). This saw isn't the lightest and I just shut it off and started walking out with it when I saw a wasp on my hand, I don't know what I did but I cut a large hole through to coveralls and pants and scratched my leg with a non running chainsaw! I can't imagine what would have happened if it was running.
Kind of chilling.
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