This Is Not A Toy

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UploadedJanuary 24, 2013
TakenJanuary 24, 2013
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D40
Exposure1/60 sec at f/8
FlashFlash, Auto-Mode, Return light not detected
Focal Length28 mm
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Unlike the junk that passes for heavy duty industrial tools today this is the real thing.

This is what a real power tool is.
It's heavy,powerful and you bet dangerous.
If this beast gets away from you you're going to get hurt.

Several years ago I had a Black and Decker grinder much like this one.
I had just put a brand new stainless steel 9 inch wire wheel on it to clean the rust off of an I beam.

Not paying the attention I should have I got the wire wheel caught between the web of the beam and the flange.
Before I could react the grinder had jumped out of the bean and caught me on the right side.

Like a hot knife going through butter the wire wheel had sliced through the heavy flannel shirt I was wearing then the t-shirt.
The next thing the wheel cut through was my bare skin.

By then the machine had run up to the side of my neck and the only thing that stopped it was all the shirt material that had been wound up around the wheel.

Needless to say I had to get another shirt.
I checked the damage to my body and it looked like I'd been in a fight with a bob cat and came out on the losing end.

I should have made a trip to the e.r.for a tetanus shot but like a dumb ass decided to clean and dress the wound myself.
All I had in the house was a bottle of alcohol which caused far more pain than the injury itself.

I wrapped some gauze over the cuts and went back to my work.
Later that day I had to repeat the alcohol treatment thinking I had cleaned the wound up well enough.

Somewhere around 2am I woke my wife up and told her "Drive me to the hospital"
The right side of my body felt like it was on fire and I was running a very high fever.

By the time I was called to be looked at I was in pretty bad shape.
When the nurse got a look at the damage she didn't waste a second getting a doctor to see me.
Apparently I hadn't done a very good job of cleaning my wound out.

There was rust,pieces of my shirts and tiny barbs from the wire wheel embedded in my skin.
Thank God the Dr.took pity on my stupidity and gave me an injection of demerol and a couple of pills to swallow before he started cleaning me up.

I left there with one hell of a happy buzz,a tetanus shot,fresh bandages and a big bottle of antibiotics
I was very fortunate I got treatment when I did.
The doc told me another few hours I would have really been in trouble.

These old vintage power tools are very powerful,much more so than the tools made today.
Since that first and only mishap I've made safety when operating these tools the # 1 priority.

I wear my welding leathers,gloves and a full face shield before hitting the on switch.
It's not the most comfortable way to work and movement is a bit restricted but it's just foolish and far to dangerous not to take the necessary precautions to be safe.
These accidents happen so fast that within a second you can be very badly hurt before you can hit the "off" button.

Unfortunately some of us always have to learn the hard way !

3 responses

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (23 Jan 2013):

    Wow, sounds scarry as H to me!!! Thats a huge grinder too!!! All the ones I have ever used are babies compared to that one!

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey gave props (24 Jan 2013):

    Power tools aren't something for children to play with. Like you said they can get away from you in an instant and do serious damage. We have a retired policeman with a short finger due to a run in with a power saw.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (25 Jan 2013):

    Yikes!!!! What a tough way to learn a lesson!! I'm so glad my husband is uber-cautious when using power tools!!

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