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Old March 8th, 2012, 10:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, let's hear the shockers. There must be a few out there... Recently discussions about health and safety, bypassing sensors and shortcuts. Let's hear the horror stories.

1) Running the sewing machine over your finger and having the needle go right through the nail and all.

2) refilling the spotting gun with tricloroethylene dry clean fluid and it splashing back and burning the eyes.

3) spotting something and shooting yourself in the hand.

4) burn from touching the top of the heat press.

5) degreasing screens, half way through going off for a pee without washing your hands first and the degreaser burning your knob while you're standing their holding it.

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Old March 8th, 2012, 10:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Lazy, not so brite welder sitting on an open gas can while cutting with a torch with the open spout between his legs. I'll let you guess what happened next followed by a lot of paper work.
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Old March 8th, 2012, 10:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I worked at Sam's Club throughout college and we'd do some dumb stuff. Instead of going through all the trouble on a busy day getting the forklift out and having to dodge people, I'd just climb up the steel racks like a monkey and get what we needed to get if it wasn't too heavy. We treated those racks like a giant playground. That was one of the biggest no-no's for the employees, but we did it all the time when nobody was looking. I knew of guys who would get someone to put a pallet of pillows or something on the ground with the forklift and they would get in the box and then get the pallet put back on the top rack and they would get a few hours of sleep. Most of us that worked there were college students and working Saturday and Sunday mornings were tough for some guys, so they would clock in, get in a pillow bin and get a few hours of sleep to get rid of their hangover. I went to work at 5am after a long night of drinking many times but I never went to sleep while on the clock, I'd just suffer along, still drunk by most accounts. Sometimes the general manager could smell us and knew we'd been out late the night before, but he loved hearing all our stories and he lived vicariously through us.

As far as screen printing stuff, we don't do anything crazy and I've not seen anything really dumb at any shops I've visited. I have seen a few autos that had the safety bars or cables bypassed.
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Sprayed the under side of a screen with screen opener and it sprayed right back directly into one eye, I ended up in the ER having my eye flushed repeatedly then using medication for a couple of weeks. All I can say is it hurt about as bad as anything I have ever felt with no relief till they put a numbing agent in.
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Oh yea when i was pipe fitter building large RO systems I seen a fellow fitter have his thumb severed by a 6" butterfly valve because some engineers on the other end ignored lock out rules and started testing all the valves. The guy severed thumb and all still tried to kill the guy and had to be held back, needless to say the engineer was moved out of that facility for his own safety lol.
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Sprayed the bottom of a screen with what I thought was screen opener, went to wipe it down and realized it was mist adhesive. Doesn't work as well.

We had a mechanic on one of the boats secure the engine and reach inside the clutch assembly (5' dia with windows to reach in) to disconnect the hoses and the engine started to roll. Degloved his arm, shattered his skull and knocked almost all his teeth out. Lived, thank god.

I had a grinder with a 4-1/2" zip wheel jump and cut my right leg pretty good, patched with a few band aids. A year later did the same to the left one, same spot and was real bad. We were a day away from the dock so had to pull it back together with butterfly's and cover it. By the time I got to the Hospital it had closed up and they didn't mess with my handy work. I did find these J&J patches with Neosporin already on them that work great. You can still see some of the grit in the scar.
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Oh, and printing a job on one side and the loader-unloader leant in too far when the screens spun between Colours and lost a tooth.... Managed to hit a few loaders in the past....

And spring breaking on a carousel and flicking back, haven't been hit, but I have felt them whisk past......
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Oh, we dont use heatguns, instead we use Leister Plastic Welders, more heat, can vary it and dries ink quickly with less burning or scorching or shrinking fabric, also the elements are good for ten years, turn them on in the morning and leave them running all day. Hot enough to light a cigarette easily. We had a Samoan boy who was a bit clumsy, had been printing about a year with us, should have known better, spilt some turps on his shirt, then used the gun to dry his shirt while looking another direction, he didn't light up but he smoked and smouldered his shirt in seconds, worked the rest of the day shirtless.
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had an embroidery machine operator with "big hair" until she went under the machine and changed a bobbin then turned around under the machine to come out and flipped the Start bar to ON... before her hair was clear of the hook assembly. tore a large chunk of hair right out of her scalp and talk about a serious BIRDS NEST... yuck.
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I worked in the oil field straight out of high school.

We would build off shore oil rigs.

One day one of the guys on my crew was cutting some 3/4" plate.

He picks up a piece of scrap drop off right after he cut it...wearing thick leather gloves.

He looks at me and says...How long do you think I can keep it on my pocket?

He slides it in his pants pocket...about 2 seconds..he couldn't stand it.

Well...he tries to take it out...but the leather glove was too big to fit in his pocket.

He removed the glove and went after it bare handed.


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