Beware of a certain product that may have hazardous defects - the Human
I put my Hitachi laminate trimmer to the ultimate test yesterday - got it
caught in my flannel jacket! I was using a small cove cutting bit and turned
it on not realizing that the lining of my open jacket was making contact
with the bit, it wound around tighter than a drum and stopped the motor for
a good three seconds before I was able to shut it off. Works fine now.
Glad it wasn't a bigger unit.
I had a 4-1/2" angle grinder attack me once! I was using a wire brush in it
and it got caught on my skirt. It wound up so fast that it slamed into my
chest and knocked the wind out of me! Pretty much destroyed the shirt, but
no damage to me at all.
It's not a beer-belly, it's a "liquified-grain-byproducts storage system".
Supposedly from (*unverified* by me) an actual U.S.D.A. report:
"The male bovine organic waste impacted the rotary impeller."
Yeah, all those usual warnings about loose clothing really apply this time
of year. I tend to leave my sleeves unbuttoned because SWMBO shrinks all
my flanel shirts by drying them too hot (and I'm too damn sorry to do my
own laundry) which has caused me to have a couple of hair-raising "think
about what you're about to do" moments lately myself. Haven't got hung up
in any power tools though, so you got me there. Mostly I catch my sleeves
on drill bits and such like.
Anyway, in this vein (vane?), I just have to tell this one. College. Copy
center. Laminating machine. Blue sweater. Some customer brought in some
priceless memory type stuff to have it laminated. I forgot to set the damn
tension lever on the machine. I started it up, then leaned over it to look
at the back, so I could shut it off when it had fed the item all the way
through. Suddenly, it started reeling me in like a winch, melting my poor
blue sweater all over the poor customer's priceless memorabilia. Sucked me
up tight, and I was at such an odd angle that it took me a distressingly
long time to find the damn off switch. Nothing good came out of that day
at all. I felt like crap. Poor sweater; poor lady. I'll bet it was funny
as hell if you were just watching though. :)
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
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