I was running a lathe at work. I was working on a steel pipe, my job was to cut
a 30 degree bevel on one end. The whole chuck came off with the pipe still
locked in place. It hit me in the left arm,chest,throat and face. Could have
took my life. The chuck plus the pipe totaled in weight at about 150lbs. Always
be cautious running any machinery, it’s all dangerous.
On Friday, May 4, 2018 at 10:44:06 PM UTC-5, MF_BOSS wrote:
I'm also wondering how this happened. Did the spindle break and thus the w
hole spindle, chuck and pipe were loose? Or did you turn the spindle in re
verse and cut on the off side, thus untightening the chuck as you cut? Nor
mally chucks are screwed onto the spindle so that when cutting, you are tig
htening the chuck onto the spindle as you cut. Kind of like if you put a n
ut onto a bolt and then always turned the nut to the right when handling th
e bolt/nut. You are always tightening the nut onto the bolt. It can't loo
sen. But if the spindle broke, and the spindle, chuck, pipe were all in th
e air, then yeah things can get dangerous.
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