Bet he blinked

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27 Responses to Bet he blinked

  1. Dan says:

    Bet it happened so fast he didn’t have time to blink….

  2. bill says:

    Way back when, I was in a machine shop, and the tool broke as one of the machinists was making a deep cut in a rod of stainless steel. The tool hit him square in the middle of the right lens of his safety glasses., which shattered the lens, but did not go through. He ended up with a big black eye, as if someone really socked him.

  3. Oswald Bastable says:

    Bet he crapped his pants.

  4. Rick says:

    The human body never ceases to amaze. The autonomic reflex blinking offers protection in many ways, in this case foreign object from entering the eye. The reflex appears simple yet is highly complex in that it involves motor nerves and various muscles and closure of the upper and lower eyelids. The entire series can be as fast as 0.002 second.

    Judging by the radius of the blade I guess depth of penetration was sufficient to just about contact his eye. In spite of his idiocy of putting his face in plane of the spinning blade, it was likely dumb luck that he avoided a trip to the ER.

    Yes, his eye was in plane of the blade. If the broken blade had ricocheted into his eye would would be splintered instead of the broken part being intact.

  5. rightwingterrorist says:

    Pretty sure he flinched too.

  6. Padawan says:

    Oh let me guess: “safety” equipment provided on behalf of the absolute lowest bidder?

    This is the kind of stuff I worry about with Warhorse and what he does for work, especially where we have to pay for the majority of the cost of his prescription safety glasses out of our pockets. On the other hand there’d be no shortage of pirate jokes and quips about only having “two eyes.” XD

    • Rick says:

      How much common sense does he have? Common sense is the best protection. Protection gear is mostly to make things idiot proof.

      • Jeremy says:

        Except when you work with a better class of idiot.

      • warhorse says:

        I work in packing. rarely do I have to use any machine tools beyond a sander. rarely I work in press or bonding. I used to work in CNC, but there if the tool is moving that door had better be closed.

        padawan worries too much.

  7. nonncom says:

    I’ll give him credit for wearing the glasses….it’s way too easy to pick up a grinder or a cutter and say, “This’ll only take a second”….a second is all it takes….

    • Wirecutter says:

      When I worked at the ammo plant, safety glasses and hearing protection was required before you even entered the buildings.

      • Rick says:

        See, I just cannot fathom why you left the ammo plant for a warehouse job. There must be a good story about that. I guess I missed it.

        Also be sure to check out I have zero affiliation with them but think it is a good alternative.

        • Wirecutter says:

          They ended up losing their contracts to other plants that had more modern and efficient machinery that could do the job cheaper. I got laid off, and shortly afterwards the plant went into mothballs. They ended up scrapping the machines over time and turned the property into an industrial park.
          It was cool to watch metal rolls and billets turn into grenades and mortars, but it was a horrible place to work as far as hours and conditions go. My regular work schedule was 13 hours a day 6 days a week, and 9 on Sunday. Go to work at 2:30 in the morning, get off at 3:30 in the afternoon. I started an hour earlier than the rest of my shift because my classification was Set-up Man. I pretty much did that for almost 10 years. On the rare occasions I worked a 45 hour week, I felt like I was on vacation. I can remember one time I fucked something up and when I went into the boss’s office for disciplinary action, instead of leniency I was praying for at least a week’s suspension – it was that bad.

      • Padawan says:

        Where Warhorse works steel toed boots are an absolute requirement. Upper management is known to go around and step on your foot to see if you have ’em on.

        • Wirecutter says:

          I’ve never had a job in my entire life where steel toes weren’t required. At the ammo plant, they also required meta-guards which are a padded aluminum form that goes from the end of your steel toes up to the ankle.

          • Padawan says:

            With all of the metal shards at Warhorse’s work I’m honestly surprised they don’t require employees to have steel toes *and* steel plates in the soles. Those metal bits cut up the rubber soles on his boots something awful and make them squeek when he walks.

            • Wirecutter says:

              Yeah, I worked a lot of lathes at the ammo plant. I always destroyed the soles first, sometimes before the polish on the rest of the boots wore off.

          • Roy says:

            I was working a job once where we were installing some really big hunks of steel shielding, each piece weighed from one to nine tons. At one of the planning meetings, one of the suits admonished us, telling us we *must* wear our hard hats and steel toed boots at all times.

            One of the guys in back piped up: “Steel-toes hell, you need to wear your Keds so you can get out from under it quicker!”

            Everyone laughed, but yeah, a nine ton hunk of steel would see you – and your steel-toes – as just slightly thicker air.

            Still, I wore them every day.

        • Sanders says:

          When I was working offshore, a safety officer from Shell came out and thought he was cute by checking for steel toes with a hammer. I was working on something and he thought he was sneaking up on me and leaned in to hit my toe and I kneed him in the nose, giving him a bloody nose. I swore I never saw him, but it put a stop to that shit.

          (And, yes, I had on my steel toes.) Looking back on it, I wish they’d have pushed more hearing protection back then, or that I’d had sense enough to wear it during work instead of just when I went shooting. But, back then if you had steel toed boots, safety glasses, and a hardhat, you were golden. I always supplied my own gloves, though.

  8. Unclezip says:

    Bet next time he won’t lean in to it.

  9. Leonard Jones says:

    I can’t believe that nobody on this site saw the obvious: A full face shield and
    a pair of safety glasses is called for when using high speed cutoff and grinder
    wheels. Imagine what kind of damage that could have caused to a cheek
    or an ear!

    • Oswald Bastable says:

      Yep, face sheild and safety glasses are mandatory at work. Permit to use a grinder or cutting disk over 4 inches is about to come in, and anything over 7 inches will be banned.

  10. Skip says:

    My brother worked a plant making napalm bombs. Two guys to carry one. the other guy dropped his end and fucked up bro’s back.

  11. Gryphon says:

    I wear Prescription Safeties with the Wire Side Shields, you can get the Prescription Lenses 2X the thickness of the ones shown here. Aircraft Work is a lot of High-Speed Drills and stuff, but Grinding Tools have a lot more Energy, you need to have the Helmet-Mounted Face Shield too.

  12. C says:

    I’ve used these cutoff wheels hundreds of times, with a 20,000 rpm tool. Never, ever, ever put your face in the “plane”.

  13. Jeremy P. says:

    I used to show pictures like this to my Into to Automotive Technology classes. Then I showed the pictures where they weren’t wearing protection. Never had to tell anyone to put on a face shield during class.

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