20 thoughts on “Very Lucky

    • The head machinist nearly had a cow when I walked into the shop with my “fake” clip-on tie. I told him to grab it and pull as hard as he could, he pulled it just enough to unclip it, but then berated me for possibly clogging up his machinery.

      Ya just can’t please some people…

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  1. The daughter of a friend was in a shop class using an angle grinder. Her hair got caught and the grinder was slammed against her head. This took place 7 years ago and she is still not right.

    I’ve wondered why the instructor did not require her to tie her hair up so it didn’t dangle near machinery.


  2. Years ago when I bought my first lathe, a machinist friend showed me a picture of a guy who was running a large lathe while wearing a necktie. The tie caught in the work and half of the guys’s face was gone from the chuck chewing through it. I NEVER wear anything loose when operating a lathe and no long sleeves. But still, any small stupidity can lead to a large death or disability.


  3. Thanks for your good wishes, buddy.

    That dude was extremely lucky to get away from that chuck. Being a cheap ass shirt might have saved him.

    The place on my crankshaft bar that whacked my finger was almost as far from the chuck as you can get. I was using a parting tool to trim the crankshaft and moved the slide very close to the bar to reduce the tool stick out. My finger overhung the edge of the quick change post for an instant and that’s all it takes.


  4. Saw that type of thing personally. Where I used to work all our machines averaged 700 rpm with steel finned items. Victim rolled out of his hoody the same way, Very lucky. Also do not wear anything with a pull string in it, you won’t get out of it.

    sorry if double posted word press does not like me


  5. When I was training apprentices, I would always tell them that everything in the shop is trying to kill you, don’t let it. Had a young kid fresh out of the Marines who didn’t believe me. I just told him to take his fancy phone and Google “lathe accident”. Changed his tune pretty quickly after a few minutes of carnage.


  6. I just showed this to our machinist, he pointed to the blank walls behind all his lathes. No shelves, no pictures , or clock’s , nothing to distract or reach for. He still has all his fingers after 50 yrs running machine shops.


  7. Anyone who doesn’t look at moving machinery like a cage full of hungry tigers is soon to be known as “Lefty”.

    Work in haste, nurse your remaining body parts at leisure.


  8. Notice his instinct to grab at the shirt as it gets wound up? Lucky he missed it. What I mean is, he got lucky, twice- once on the shirt getting sucked in and ripping loose, and second time when his grab at the flailing shirt missed.
    Instinct is hard to control- grabbing at a falling knife is common one. Read a story of a guy who just got a nice wakasashi back from the polisher- Japanese swords are spendy and a polish is several hundred dollars.-per inch. So he dropped it and tried to save his blade from the tile floor- oops.


  9. The most important lesson I learned in AG Shop class way back in 1964 – NEVER, and I do mean NEVER, EVER wear the following around or operating ANY turning equipment: Rings, Ties, Loose Clothing, gloves of ANY sort. Period – End of Discussion.


    • The place where I worked made you go into a Safety class, and they showed a guy getting eye surgery after a sliver got him in the right eye!

      The surgeon saved his eye, he was THAT good. Everybody in the class but me was practically retching watching it, but I was admiring the technique of the surgeon sewing the orb back up!

      They used a very powerful magnet to pull out the sliver initially, BTW. A good close-up of the technique! Thank goodness it wasn’t aluminum or SS!


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