Photos of my "platform trolley welds" and an accident

  1. minimutly Member

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    When I was in school we had a run on making trailers out of galv box section scaffolding. We were allowed to use a 9 inch wolf angle grinder to cut them down prior to welding. We had goggles but nothing else. when starting it was all you could do to hold the grinder, and when the cutting disc bit into the thin box, left a chunk behind, the vibration was tremendous. There was some serious sweat coming out...
     
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  2. Moose McAlpine

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    That one i linked from Screwfix is well worth the money. I've been using it a lot the last couple days. The adjustment is good, much like a welding helmet where you can adjust the "height" (band over the top) and the "size" (band around front to back) it doesn't slip or drop down. If you flip it up it stays there secure.

    It's comfy to wear, gives very good protection. I'm very pleased with it.


    Years ago i slipped while using a small saw blade in a Dremel. It ran across my left thumb, i didn't feel a thing. Next thing i know, there's blood everywhere.

    Right through the skin, muscle, ligament, tendon, nerve, artery and half the bone. My dad bandaged it up with a torniquet (Former Air Force medic) then straight to A&E. Then i was referred to a hospital with a specialist plastics unit who spent hours putting it back together, i was there for 3 days. They actually had to cut it open more to stretch the tendon back together to rejoin it, hence the z-shaped scar. Probably 15 years ago now, it still doesn't work fully.


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    And that was just a Dremel! My smallest grinder is 650W and the biggest is a 9" 2400W. They sure got no mercy.
     
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  3. smashweld Member

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  4. Moose McAlpine

    Moose McAlpine Member

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    Latex gloves have been known to get caught on drills and tighten with the "cheese wire" effect and cut through/off fingers.

    It's amazing just what injuries can be sustained from something so innocuous as a glove.

    Come to think of it, i'm sure it was in Black Gold where a guy had lost a thumb where his glove got caught in a machine. Pulled the glove off his hand and took his thumb with it.
     
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  5. Moose McAlpine

    Moose McAlpine Member

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    How is it healing up, Yamhon? Any better yet?
     
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  6. Yamhon

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    Removed the outer dressing as scheduled; since doing so I've managed to bump the wound a few times, as I'm less aware of it without the bulky dressing covering it. One of the steri-strips was so floppy I took it off 2 days earlier. On the whole feeling more painful and a bit annoying today.

    I've noticed I don't have the full range of motion in that finger - although I have most of it; not sure how much is related to still having some steri-strips on, if it's restricted because it's healing or if I might have done a bit of damage to a tendon. Going to keep an eye on it over remainder of this week and if movement doesn't improve, will go see a Dr or back to A&E to have it checked out.
     
  7. Davek0974

    Davek0974 Arse!, Drink!, Girls!

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    With a grinder I always wear leather riggers gloves, saved my skin many a time. I use a lot of wire brush, flap, grinding and sanding discs, gloves/eye protection with all of them. For cutting/grinding i'll sometimes don a full-face shield too as discs can explode.

    I never wear gloves with the drill press, lathe or mill though.
     
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  8. Yamhon

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    Update 2.

    Things seemed to be going well, took the bandage off, then took the steri-strips off when told to... a few knocks, okay lots of knocks on the wound, but all seemed to be healing up okay, until sat on the sofa a few days ago and all of a sudden it started gushing blood.

    An hour in A&E later with a rather inadequate bandage, which didn't last a day before it had fallen off. Though major part of the wound on my finger is less closed together and may leave a rather ugly scare. The hospital advised me to keep moving my finger joint to stretch the skin while it heals; this seems to place significant pressure on my joint and it takes a decent amount of effort to get full movement, and then after each stretch of the finger it stings for a good while and feels inflamed.

    Nurses appointment in 1 or 2 days time for a fresh dressing and a check over.
     
  9. Moose McAlpine

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    Use moisturizer on it where the skin tightens as it heals. It will stop the itchy stretching feeling and relieve some discomfort. E45 or Nivea Soft are good ones.
     
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  10. Yamhon

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    Would Aloe Vera work? Have plenty of that.
     
  11. Moose McAlpine

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    I don't know to be honest, i've only ever used it for sunburn. Nivea Soft is sold at places like Tesco Express and it's good stuff. Ideally you want a purpose-made moisturizer, something that lasts a little time. Softening the scabs with prevent them cracking or pulling from the skin prematurely and definitely eases the discomfort.
     
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  12. Yamhon

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    Moisturiser it is, had the Aloe Vera ages and it's cheaper lol.

    Thanks for the tip, hopefully I'll stop easing the drying skin off now, that probably won't be helping.
     
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