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Old 19-03-2017, 11:33 PM   #11
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I've been very paranoid about eyes ever since I had a trip to A&E to pick a piece of metal out of my eye ball a few years ago. Not a pleasant experience. I was actually wearing safety specs when it happened, but spent a few quid on a decent pair of goggles for heavy grinding and removing paint after it happened. L
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Old 20-03-2017, 12:20 AM   #12
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Yep - I got caught out today.



Mine was a case of using the wrong tool for the job (caused by not having the right tool).

Wire knot wheel in the grinder snagged on an edge and did a snap 180 in my hand, ripped my glove clean off my hand and took a bite out of my wrist.

Still bleeding now.
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Old 20-03-2017, 08:39 AM   #13
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Yep - I got caught out today.



Mine was a case of using the wrong tool for the job (caused by not having the right tool).

Wire knot wheel in the grinder snagged on an edge and did a snap 180 in my hand, ripped my glove clean off my hand and took a bite out of my wrist.

Still bleeding now.

Owwwwwww.

Knotted grinding wheels are something that demand a lot of respect.

And concentration to never brush against an edge but always away from it - and worst hazard of all, the wires are constantly being shed, and will embed in timber - so eyeballs would be a breeze.

Very dangerous piece of kit in my opinion.

Get well soon fella - I know from experience how much that smarts - skin has so many nerve endings it stings like a bastard
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Old 20-03-2017, 09:17 AM   #14
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with getting under cars with axle stands I tend to put a spare wheel under it next to me , do it out of habit.
also as others have said always have my mobile with me in my pocket
. I also now never take the guard of an angle grinder , and wear a full face helmet guard rather than googles had a very thin blade shatter once scared the life out of me ,thank goodness for wearing leather welding gauntlets . lessons learned , but now not really interested in doing it anymore ,
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Old 20-03-2017, 09:45 AM   #15
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Next to by grinders is a shelf with ear and eye protection, as well as various different types of gloves. I try to make it routine that I put my plugs in and my safety glasses on before picking up the grinder. I never use them without the guards, or at the very least if I do have to remove a guard for something I make sure it goes back on once that job is finished. I also have an old army camo jacket that I put on over the top of whatever else I am wearing whilst grinding. Heavy cotton, fairly fire proof, takes the brunt of what I throw at it.
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Old 20-03-2017, 09:55 AM   #16
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i use way more safety gear now than i did 20 years ago.

always use earplugs with grinders/routers/hammer drills in masonry. i get bouts of tinnitus otherwise. i also need them when playing drums and should probably wear them when seeing bands live.

always wear contact lenses and safety specs with all powertools and when laying under the car - i've had 2 trips to hospital to get rusty metal out of my eyeballs. and i've also become paranoid about grinders so i wear welding gauntlets when using them now too.

and i don't trust axle stands. i'd rather have the car/van on my 3 tonne jack, then i stuff a load of spare wheels under it just in case. if i need axle stands i use concrete blocks topped with a 2*4 because they can't fall over.

my latest new injury type is sunburn from welding. my mig wire feed was slipping, so instead of a nice clean weld it was massive spark - pause - massive spark - pause - massive spark, which i guess is why it burned me now and never has before. it's been 2 weeks and the skin's just starting to peel off my upper arm. so long sleeves only when welding from now on.
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Old 20-03-2017, 11:04 AM   #17
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There's a fine line between getting the job done and taking that many precautions it becomes almost impossible to do the job.

In work environments this can be further exacerbated by people not really understanding the H&S legislation and hiding behind it to cover their own arses just in case something goes wrong.

I tend to look at jobs I'm doing and work out the risks but I'll normally err on the side of getting it done rather than taking every precaution to make the job 'risk free'

Having said that, I've just spent the last five days involved in writing a risk assessment for the CAA - now, there's an organisation that loves forms
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As a Student Apprentice back in '62>'67 I had to do 18 months ' on the tools', back then I did'nt get any formal H&S instruction - only what the old timers chose to tell me about ( which was patchy to say the least ), I witnessed some horrible accidents in that short time.
Fast forward 40 years to my time as the Project Manager on a Construction site and things were very different ( D&A Testing / Inductions / Top-Up training / Risk Assessments / Safety Audits etc;etc; ) , all for the
better in my view.
So no, I think you have got it right , especially when working on your own ( like most of us ) - as always it's
human nature that lets us down ( 'must get it finished today' , 'wrong tool for the job' , ' won't take a minute' ),
raising this thread has probably already raised awareness - well done.
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Very enlightening and relevant thread - learning a lot from the experience of others. I'm lucky that nothing serious has happened to me in the past as I sometimes form lazy habits and take the odd unnecessary risk with my power tools.

I intend to keep my skin and precious digits intact, so will be reviewing my practices going forward!
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Up a ladder more than a few feet I have a spotter/someone to help if a situation develops..
Fire blanket, extinguisher and bucket full of sand to hand whenever I am welding or grinding (ever seen a bin of various rubbish start burning thats between you and your fire extinguisher... It focuses the mind!). The fire blanket gets used to cover my legs when I am sat cross legged welding.
Gloves/goggles etc when grinding/cutting.
A good vice is FAR better than your feet to hold your work piece when using a knotted wire brush (It skipped off and tore a chunk of flesh out of my ankle, took months to heal.. Stupid I know!)
If going under car it always on at least two axle stands, plus the jack and usually a wheel too.. Had a jack slowly give way when I was under the car many years ago. Lesson learnt!
If going under car always have a clear exit.
Tidy up tools after doing a job, have tripped over tools I have left out before.
Always sweep up/tidy the area at the end of the day/job..
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