• Trapped Nebraska farmer cuts off leg with pen knife
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Sucks, but... anyone who works with heavy machinery can tell you that you should 1. Never defeat safety interlocks or remove guards, and if you do, LOTO (lock out, tag out) that shit until you can fix it. It's just not worth getting injured or killed. I know it wouldn't have fit otherwise but he should've made sure it was safe, because otherwise you end up like this. 2. Don't unjam parts with your body. Ever. If that part is under tension and it releases while your leg is on it, well, bye leg. Guy got lucky but he sort of put himself in that situation to begin with. Guy's got balls to have done what he did though. Glad he's okay to tell about it. Definitely a reminder that safety shit is around for a damn good reason.
Things said before tragedy: "OSHA shmosha! What a bunch of nanny-state crap!"
I don't personally know about his situation but, from growing up on a farm I do know that many farms do not employ new equipment with modern safety features. No matter what it is very fortunate he made it out.
Man probably used his tungsten balls as a tourniquet. I know it's a horrible situation to be in and come out of, but damn. To do what he did, I have respect.
I can't delete quotes on mobile! Yeah, I figured it was probably antiquated equipment. I guess since it's relatively simple equipment, expensive to replace, and hell, if it works why replace it when you can repair it and it does the job just fine? You just have to stay on top of the likelihood of something like this happening. But on the subject of sticking your limbs into machinery- that's been around for a damn long time.
Weird, I can.
I used to be a maintenance guy for a cannery, that boiled, canned, cut, skinned and packaged sweet potatoes and Bell peppers. Any single one of those machines can take your finger, hand, foot, leg, arm, or just straight up you in your entirety if you fuck up. The one I worked on the most, that scared me the most, was the Retorts, basically, big ass pressure cookers. It was a giant steam-filled tube with locking doors on both ends, that you would push, by hand, the carts of canned food into to be pasteurized. What really told me to not fuck with these, and never work alone, and what really sobered me up, was that on the inside of each door, the inside of the cooker, has a large hammer, attached to a chain, that is welded to the door. You're supposed to use it to bang on the door if you get stuck inside. I bring this up because these are machines, any of them, that you simply CANNONT fuck up around. You CANNOT let your guard down around these. We all take for granted how easy to use and safe every day items are, but industry and farming equipment doesn't give a fuck about you. (Ironically, I stopped working at that factory not because I got hurt by a machine, but because I was working on steam lines and overheated and had a heat stroke. I was too focused on not dying from fucking around with steam that I didn't notice my body literally cooking from the inside out.)
Steam is no joke. I work at a brewery (who'd have guessed) and our steam lines are safe, and we have regular inspections, but still, being near that boiler is just....eugh. It's safe of course and we do daily/weekly/monthly checks and the city and Hurst (the manufacturer of said boiler) also comes by now and then and makes sure everything is cool...but still. Thing is a behemoth and getting up right next to it to just poke the off switch at the end of the week I'm like yup boop ok bye and run away like I'm running up the basement stairs after turning the lights off. As far as dangerous machinery goes, while most of our packaging machinery moves around and can hurt, the one with the most opportunity to do such is the bottle labeler, a Krones Solomatic, will obliterate any part of your body if it goes into one of the turrets (where the actual labeling happens) so that shit moving that fast and being right there loading it is...unsettling. Luckily it's covered in interlocks and such so it's a little reassuring there.
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