Well, I guess I'll be getting the idiot of the week award today.... I
was milling out some parts at work tonight, and decided that it was
time to clear out the chip bin in the back. Trouble was, I had a
metal bin full of parts right next to the table, and didn't wait for
the cycle to finish before walking right between the bin and the mill
table. Kinda did one of those Wile E. Coyote things that he does when
he runs off the edge of a cliff when I realized about one second too
late that I had just done something really, really dumb.
Long story short, when the cycle finished and the table homed itself,
my upper thighs got compressed into about 3" wide gap on the X axis,
and then the Y axis homed dragging me right into the raised corner of
the bin... The guy at the next station had to free me with a pallet
jack, as he didn't know how to operate the mill. Luckily, nothing got
broken, but I've got some lumps the size of softballs on both sides of
each of my thighs. Now I'm afraid to go to bed, since I already know
how *that* is gonna feel in the morning- and I've got another thousand
parts that must be finished before Sunday.
The irony of it is that I won $25 on Tuesday in our "Safety Month"
drawing. Should've seen that coming...
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How about that? Two great wins! $25 last Tuesday and yesterday a
lesson you'll never forget.
Glad the only major damage appears to be your pride. Thanks for
sharing, it may make some of us think before we follow in your footsteps.
So? Just how bad WAS getting up this morning?
Prometheus? Prometheus? Hey, you still there?
1. I thought your subject line was "A really stupid movie" and expected to
hear something about Attack of the Killer Tomatoes or something...
2. Glad you seem to be okay. Get to a doctor. Internal bruising can lead
to clotting if it is serious enough... And that can lead to some major
problems or worse.
Joe Agro, Jr.
Most styles of mills have a table that moves towards and away from you
(Y-axis) as well as side-to-side (X-axis). When a part is being
fabricated, the mill is usually somewhere near the center of where it
can move to. When it's done, the table moves to one side and forward,
to allow you to take the finished part out. When the table moved, I
was between it and a hard place. Nothing too serious, though it
could've been if that bin had been any closer to the machine.
Instead, I just got off with some rather impressive lumps and bruises,
a bit of soreness, and a promise to myself that I won't be doing
*that* again. :)
I just figure it's always useful to remind folks with tools that
accidents happen. That, and it gives anyone I may have pissed off in
the past something to giggle about!
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