Pretty gruesome … but a good safety reminder. Thanks for posting!
Somebody asked him how he did it … here's the text of his response:
How did I do it?
Its a recently new machine for me. I was practicing some sanding.
The machine has two motors and a seperate switch for each. One motor drives the drum and one drives the in-feed table (its now evident to me there are some safety issues with this set-up). I had turned off the in-feed table and this may have put in my mind that everything was off. I then for some unknown reason put my right hand under the drum head, then the next thing I knew my fingers were jamb up in the machine. I quickly reailsed the drum was still going and reached over to turn it off. Then I tried to pull my fingers out and they wouldn't budge without pain. I thought about calling out to the Missus (but she wouldn't of heard me) to get the fire brigade but they probably would have wanted to destroy the machine, and I wasn't going to have that. So I un-did the allen key headed screw that holds the cover shut, thank christ I only had this finger tight. I flipped the cover open to see my fingures caught between the drum and a 15mm dia roller bar that sits about 6mm off the sanding drum. After a couple of goes at getting them back out I decided that I just have to gritt my teeth and go for it… to hell with the pain… and got them out.
Before I started sanding I changed the sandpaper from 80 grit to 40 grit.
The sanding drum spins anti clockwise so it just grabbed my fingers and pulled them in an up in a flash.
As I'm walking inside I'm wriggling the fingers and everthing seems okay. Gets inside says to the missus I need bandage. She comes with a bandade, she sees it and says you need the doctor. So around to the local we go. I says to the doc just needs to be pulled together and stitched. The doc says no no it needs more than that you're off to the Royal Perth.
My stay and treatment at the Royal Perth was absoultly fantastic.
This one fingure typing sure buggers a person out.
I hate to pick on the guy, and I hope he heals fast and well, however…
I hope to never utter the words that I put my hand anywhere "for some unknown reason." Especially in the shop. The #1 safety rule in my shop is to ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION to what I am doing where my body parts are. If I feel my attention drifting even a little bit, it's time to get the hell out there for a breather.
I have this same model sander, and one of the first safety decisions I made was to make it a habit to turn off the drum first, then the feed belt; turn on feed before turning on drum to give myself one more small layer of protection. If I get stupid and turn off only one thing, it will be the drum. The drum motor is very quiet and if you have any noise in your shop, you will not hear it. I have trouble hearing it with no ambient shop noise. Even so, I can't imagine sticking my hand in there without making sure it is turned off and unplugged.
The tissue on your hands face arms etc is softer than wood.If you have a machine which can chew up wood don't you think it will make an even more unsightly mess of the tissue skin e muscle etc of your body.It's not rocket science.I undrstand that this was an accident but we all need to realise more often ME INCLUDED that we take chances with wood machines at our peril..In the meantime I hope you get better soon and remember this should be a sound lesson to all of us.Alistair
Do my tired old eyes deceive me?
Have I stepped back in time?
Did I REALLY just read an article about someone getting injured in a tool mishap--
and no where do the words ==
"And my lawyer says . . . ." appear.
My hat is off to you sir-
Your hand may be scarred - and your pride bruised-
but your self respect and common sense are clearly still intact.
May your recovery be quick and thorough.
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