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Old 08-17-2018, 03:53 PM   #1
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Forewarned!! Pics a little gruesome...

So, if you are continuing on, you've been warned.

Tues night out at the bus I thought I'd get the last of the ribs cut for the roof raise. Got the very front ones cut. I ended up having to cut thru the sheet metal of the roof which I didn't really want to do but I saw no way around it. Sawz All couldn't get in there. The 4" cutting disks couldn't reach all the way thru either. So, I bought some 6" disks. Again not what I wanted but it worked. I'll weld the sheet metal cut and grind it down.

At 7:07pm or there abouts, I figured there was enough day light left to cut the rear most ribs. There's sheet metal around those too but with the rivets out, there is a gap and I was hoping to spare the skins.

Using the 6" cutting disks again/still, I started cutting the rear passenger side. Things were goin fine until they weren't. This is not a plug for sympathy. This is a plug for safety equipment. All along even with the 4" disks I was thinking I should get some. Stubborn I suppose. Lazy too. Go buy some, I'll wait....




https://www.amazon.com/Honeywell-Bio...or+%28S8500%29


Got the order placed? Good, expect you over in the corner, go on. Buy some now.
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Alright, moving on...


Well, here's the gruesome. The disk caught on something. At 10,000 rpm it didn't want to stop. It bucked. Hard enough that even with two hands on the grinder, it came back and hit me in the face. I immediately grabbed my eye and knew I had phucked up good this time. Never felt it hit my arm or chest on its way to the ground.

Whatever caught was enough to tear the center out of the disk.



This is your last chance to back out of the gruesome.
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Today (70 hrs later) it's looking a little more purple but I can open the eye a little.



So, the eyeball is fine. It didn't hurt much then n or now. Didn't even touch it. Because of the tear in the corner of the eyelid, I was transferred from one hospital to another and waited for a plastic surgeon. She said I can now say I've had plastic surgery. She did a decent job but I'm still no Brad Pit or George Cluney (sp).

I had a friend/co-worker out Tues night just by the randomness of walking by his desk telling him he should come out and give me a hand. Had I not, I would have had to drive to the hospital with one hand over an eye and the other steering and shifting gears.

Yes, I know how VERY lucky I was that it wasn't MUCH worse. Yes, a full face mask is due to be delivered today. It looks fairly fancy having both a top and bottom re-enforcement and was still only $20. So, if you don't have one, go buy one. Your face will thank you and even if it doesn't you're still only out $20.

I'll be taking a couple of weeks off of metal work. Doctors orders.
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Old 08-17-2018, 04:04 PM   #2
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Looks and sounds like someone was looking after you...


I've been nearby for the aftermath of a 6" grinding wheel (not cutoff wheel) explosion.. sent a large chunk through the guys throat. Almost bled out before they could get him on the table.


I've also had countless cutoff wheels shatter... still not smart enough to order a good face shield.


I think I'll add one to my shopping cart tonight though. Just never think about it until its too late.


Glad you are ok though.. looks like it'll heal up.
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Old 08-17-2018, 04:12 PM   #3
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Cut off wheels are very unforgiving, especially when we "professionals" take all the guards off. I've been to the bone twice on fingers. You learn respect after the first time. Even now in the bus I make sure I have a serious grip on that sucker because it does scare you what could happen, the older we get the longer it takes to heal. Take care buddy.
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Old 08-17-2018, 04:33 PM   #4
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Prayers for a speedy recovery.

I had to use my grinder in an akward space today, I did dust off my full face shield and use it. I try really hard to make sure I am not inline with the disc in case it shatters. That does not help if it grabs but at least offers some margin of safety.
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Old 08-17-2018, 04:55 PM   #5
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Looks like a normal Saturday night to me, seriously tho glad it's not worse
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Old 08-17-2018, 05:17 PM   #6
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Holy ****, that looks bad, Your insurance, I hope you have , is likely paying a bit more then your bus is worth .
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Old 08-17-2018, 05:34 PM   #7
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You're a blessed man to learn for so little cost. As you said, that could have been much worse!! Glad you're healing up.
Praying for a full recovery!!


I recently ripped my hand open in a similar situation. Operating an angle grinder out of proper position doing something stupid that I knew better (been doing metal fabrication over 40 years) but thought I could get away with. No one was home with me (another bad idea). Wrapped it up and drove myself 40 minutes to the Doc-in-a-box. They wouldn't touch it and told me to go to the ER. The bill was almost $3000 for 30 minutes attention in the ER and 10 stitches. No insurance so they lowered it to $1800. In my case, it was stupid tax.





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Old 08-17-2018, 07:05 PM   #8
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And now I'm putting the guard back on my grinder. I'll be wearing my face shield from now on. Glad it wasn't worse. Hope you heal up quickly.
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Old 08-17-2018, 07:29 PM   #9
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And now I'm putting the guard back on my grinder. I'll be wearing my face shield from now on.

Wise decision!!
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Old 08-17-2018, 07:35 PM   #10
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That's terrible man. As a mechanic, I have sustained some pretty nasty injuries, but the recovery is the worst. Take it easy bud.
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