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Monday at work i was running the Lathe and after the finishing i open the door and as always there was a wad of hair like wire hung on the tool. I was in a hurry cause we are busy and instead of taking 5 sec to get the pliers to take the metal off i reach in and pulled it out like i done a thousand time before and do i need to tell you what happen next. I have been cut many times and machining metal you are going to get cut ether by the shavings or the tooling. I have preach to my workers to use pliers and who didn't use them:argh: So now they have been ragging me. It isn't the first time this has happen but it was never this bad and as soon as my finger grows back together i will get in a hurry and do the same thing thats just how i am.:truth: Now my workers are telling me Yea do as i say not as i do But
s!it happens:tellyou: I just need to be more aware of thing when I'm in a hurry. Well anyway it cut it to the bone it don't look as bad today because the body is starting to heal itself but it cut it in a L shape from the tip of my nail to the side of the nail and open up so you could see the bone. Here is a picture i just took when i got home today so it don't look to bad. But the moral of this is even in a hurry take the time and be careful.So you dont end up here:night:
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Thanks for the reminder. I know how a person can get in a hurry and take a short cut. I do a little lathework here at home
and have taken a shortcut at times. Sometimes you get away with it and sometimes you don't.
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Arrgghh! What a scary cut --- I am sure that it could have been much worse. Jody, tell me more about what kind of work you do as a machinist ---- Do you use your talents with the metals to construct other parts/pieces for your home/LT/shed etc?

Cool industry.

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You have something you need

I have made some pulley spacers for a friends race car and a spacer for my nephew drive shaft on his truck and a water bubbler for my brother in law. And just nick knack stuff made name plates for every one at work things to do when your bored:grapevine We make chemical sampling valves and also make valve parts for TK Valve there in Hammond. Our home office and TK has loaded us down since June have so much work i have to run a night shift have two people working night and two of us working days. I work days don't like to work night.
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been there done that

Clearing chips while turning a stainless shaft one time,had one bite me like that right thru a leather glove.I pulled ,it pulled back,darn near took the tip of my social finger off.I too knew better!
 

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You can't say enough about safety. Sorry for the cut finger jodyand. I was buffing a piece of metal on an iron workbench one day with a 7" buffing wheel with my shirt tail hanging out. Needless to say, the wheel grabbed my shirt and before I could do anything it was twisted up all around my neck. I couldn't let go to unplug it because my hand was tangled up in it to and it was just buzzing away and I was choking to death. A friend just happened to walk by at that time and unplugged it and took his pocket knife and cut my shirt away from my neck. Man did that oxygen feel good going back into my lungs. That is one mistake I won't make again. BTW jodyand, I have a son-in-law that works at TK Valve. Been there about 5 years.
 

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good thing

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Good thing someone saw you in time or you might not be here. Have to watch out with loose shirts always tuck them in. Yea we have been doing work fot TK for a little over 6 years they are a good customer for us always keeps us in work.:hello:
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I sure as heck can relate to the "temptation" to just arbitrarily remove chips, even those harmless looking whiskers when turning aluminum etc. When I was still working it was common practice for the guys in the machine shop to just use a scribe to sort of hook the swarf etc, until one got the scribe caught and it flug it upwards and came down and landed in his shoulder like a lawn dart...........Only safe time and proper time to remove "ANY" chips etc is when the lathe is not rotating, or the endmill or whatever is in the off position.

As for cuts and lost fingers, I also can relate to that as well. I can count in fractions on my left hand........:eek:

Lost portions of three fingers years ago when a piece of steel plate caught me. Pretty tramatic back then but now I don't even miss em. Sometimes the stumps actually come in handy for getting in close quarters, but I still wold rather have them the right length. Hard as heck going to work as a leftie and coming home as a rightie........I used to think I would never get the knack of wiping my butt right handed ;-)

I have gotten lazy and in the process have done many stupid things over the years, and just thinking about them makes me shiver now, for being so stupid back then.
 

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Wow....just reading some of these old posts brings back a lot of memories. Anyone ever hear from Chipmaker? I really enjoyed his posts.
 
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