JSBail wrote:About 35 years ago or so I was working on a printing machine. My boss had just got the machine going but hadn't reinstalled a chain guard so in order to avoid any loss in production I decided I could put it back in place with the machine still running. I almost had it complete until "ZING" a chain and sprocket caught my left pinky finger and I was left with my finger hanging on only by a tendon. The hospital ER doctor kept saying how he was thinking of just removing the finger and I said "that finger has been on my hand for as long as I can remember, stitch it back up!" He cautioned that it would probably become arthritic and so on but I insisted the finger stayed put. I got lucky I guess because the finger eventually regain full mobility with no pain, the scar that it left behind though is a reminder to me to shut the machine down before sticking my hands inside.
77Gowing wrote:Was out in my garage building my kitchen cabinets.
I was a complete novice but was slowly making good progress. I had low blood sugar issues and would take breaks to eat a little and hydrate. Well, at one point I noted that I was getting a little fuzzy brained and resolved to take a break after the next trip cut on my saw. I placed the piece to cut on the input table with a push stick and started that cut. As I'm cutting I realised I needed to reposition my push stick, so I repositioned it and proceeded to watch myself run my left thumb right into the radial saw blade.
How absolutely dumb. I was so upset with myself I jumped up & down throwing a tantrum squiting blood all around. I was lucky only four stitches. At the ER they did not counsel me on safety cause i was telling them that i just flat screwed up. The Doc says, "sometimes that's why they call them accidents."
Ah yes the fickle finger of fate award...know it well.
I used to worry bout being smart, but as I've matured I've realised that even the smartest people screw the pooch now and then.
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