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    describe in great detail the worst injury you ever got on the job.

  • #2
    Re: worst injury on the job

    In great detail? Sounds like this could be a bit gory. Well I fell in love with a woman I worked with, the passion was amazing, but we had little else in common. Result, broken heart! You don't really want to hear the horror stories do you?

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    • #3
      Re: worst injury on the job

      One time, at band camp.......

      My last two years of high school I took building trades. In my class was the first girl ever to join the program.

      While on the job, the instructor told her to cut some shims on the table saw that did not have a guard. I was working on the soffit above the garage door and I heard zing, oh my God, oh my God. I looked and seen her holding her hand with blood sprayed on the paper backed insulation and her three of her fingers on the table saw.

      The instructor ran up the road to find a phone unsuccessfully, then drove her to the hospital in the school bus.

      Several months later she was driving a new car to school. Needless to say she gave up building trades.
      Anyone can tear a man down, few can build one up.

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      • #4
        Re: worst injury on the job

        Originally posted by Tyman View Post
        One time, at band camp.......

        My last two years of high school I took building trades. In my class was the first girl ever to join the program.

        While on the job, the instructor told her to cut some shims on the table saw that did not have a guard. I was working on the soffit above the garage door and I heard zing, oh my God, oh my God. I looked and seen her holding her hand with blood sprayed on the paper backed insulation and her three of her fingers on the table saw.

        The instructor ran up the road to find a phone unsuccessfully, then drove her to the hospital in the school bus.

        Several months later she was driving a new car to school. Needless to say she gave up building trades.
        That's pretty bad. I'm lucky I guess as the worst injuries I've seen or had involve smashed fingers or medium burns.

        Your post made me think of a table saw demonstration I saw recently that would drop the blade in a fraction of a second when it came in contact with skin. Probably wouldn't totally eliminate injury but would help keep fingers intact.

        J.C.

        P.S. The bad burns hurt less.

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        • #5
          Re: worst injury on the job

          UMMM....
          My worst?

          Opened up the inside of my wrist with a 2-9/16" self-feed @ 1200 rpm.
          3" long down the tendon line.Doctor used tweesers to pull the exposed tendons to move my fingers.No damage to tendons or vessels.
          Thank-you lord for my hand.

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          • #6
            Re: worst injury on the job

            I did think of another thing that happened. With alot of irony too.

            I was in high school and took a carpentry class that was offered there. The teacher's name was Mr. Wood. (Yes, it's true.) He was about 60 and in decent condition. We didn't learn anything really. Never any this is why you do this or that. He basically had us doing side jobs with him all over the county for a donation to the class. The majority of the time we roofed houses! Can you imagine that now?

            Anyway, he had a job constructing a storage/garage building behind an office. The bottom floor was cinderblock walls on slab with a second floor wood framed. We helped frame the walls on the deck and put on something like Celotex exterior board at the same time. We had it attached with it overhanging the right amount when the walls were raised. He did all the measuring. While it was on the ground he made the announcement, "Any of you jackasses step through this (Celotex) and I'll cut your foot off at the ankle." About 3 minutes later he stepped on the overhanging edge and down he went. About 15'. Fractured both tibias. (or maybe a fibula ) And he was scheduled to have surgery on his arm the next week.

            Anyway. After a couple of casts and an arm sling, he turned out ok.

            The building was being done for a physical therapist whose office was in front.

            J.C.
            Last edited by BobsPlumbing; 10-03-2008, 07:56 PM.

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            • #7
              Re: worst injury on the job

              I broke my baby finger because the hole hawg get stuck and i punched myself in the face. I also saw this happen to another guy but he broke his nose not his finger

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              • #8
                Re: worst injury on the job

                A ladder accident left me with a broken knee cradle, three breaks in the leg, a broken shoulder and a broken clavicle. Many years later I still have limited use of my right leg and shoulder.

                Mark
                "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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                • #9
                  Re: worst injury on the job

                  Originally posted by rombo View Post
                  I broke my baby finger because the hole hawg get stuck and i punched myself in the face. I also saw this happen to another guy but he broke his nose not his finger
                  I've been punched by my hole hawgs more times than I can remember. I know it's coming and it still wins the boxing match.

                  I was up high on a step ladder that was leaning again bare metal stud. The flimsy stud folded under my weight and kicked the ladder from under me. As I fell, I hugged the stud sliding all the way down. Ended up with a gash from my ear down to my belly button. Could have(and should have) been worse.

                  I got a wood splinter under my nail last week too. It throbbed for 3 days.

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                  • #10
                    Re: worst injury on the job

                    About 6 months after I completed my apprenticeship I was setting finish on a spec house and I needed some more putty. On the way out to the truck I was walking next to the sewer trench(that my boss happened to be working in) and as I stepped over the water service trench (that crossed the sewer trench I was walking next to)the point of the trench collapsed (with all my weight on the 1 leg) Dislocated my knee...So I had always heard that if you dislocate your knee that you are better off resetting it sooner rather than later, so I did just that. Gave myself 15 minutes and decided that this was real pain, and needed to get some medical attention. got in my truck and tried to operate the clutch...NO Go, too much pain, no control. Called my brother who was living (college)in the town I was working in at the time and asked him to come and pick me up and take me to the hospital(at home) an hour away in a more populated area. He talked some sense into me and we went to the ER in Davis.

                    After triage, i went into Xray, then spoke to the Doc, then in for more Xrays...Looks like a fractured patella. not good.

                    Follow up the next day...This doesn't look good, start thinking about a new career etc...

                    Surgery the next day(with the same Ortho. Surgeon (knee specialist) Who had worked on Some of UCdavis's football players, some of Sac Kings BBallers. If anyone could get me back on my feet it was this guy.

                    Get into Pre-op and they ask do I want to be knocked out or just spinal(watch my surgery on TV) So out of morbid curioisity I decided on watching the operation on TV. He starts up and some time later he holds up a bone chip and says something about how lucky I am, and that this bone chip off of the Femur, and that it is somehow not at all on the friction point, and that it was excellent news...

                    Follow up a short week later, he asked how I liked my crutches, and I told him that I had been hobbling around, much to the dislike of my mom and fiancee.
                    He tested my range of motion, and it was about 15% of normal then PAIN...

                    He forgot to take out the anchor stitch, cut that then had about 60% relatively pain free.

                    Doc took my crutches, and told me to complete the Phys therapy and as soon as the incision healed enough that i could go back to work light duty, with the difinition of light duty left to me.

                    Injury was Begin of Nov, Back to work before Christmas. Surgically repaired knee is better now than my other one...

                    Thanks for reading my book.
                    Greg

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                    • #11
                      Re: worst injury on the job

                      Originally posted by plumberscrack View Post
                      I've been punched by my hole hawgs more times than I can remember. I know it's coming and it still wins the boxing match.

                      I was up high on a step ladder that was leaning again bare metal stud. The flimsy stud folded under my weight and kicked the ladder from under me. As I fell, I hugged the stud sliding all the way down. Ended up with a gash from my ear down to my belly button. Could have(and should have) been worse.

                      I got a wood splinter under my nail last week too. It throbbed for 3 days.
                      My first experience with drilling out a house was in the dark ages with a old school milwaukee right angle,no clutch,slow speed and dull bits.Plumber was an a$$hole of a contractor.I saw the framer using a Timber Wolf to drill HD's shortly thereafter I used my money to buy one for a steal at the local flea market.Been spared sooo much pain by this tool since.

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                      • #12
                        Re: worst injury on the job

                        Middle and ring finger chopped, hanging by tendons, when jack hammer kicked and my fingers were trapped between it and a 2" pipe jutting from the ground. Daughter-in-law worked for group of orthopods who sewed everything back together. Mostly fine today but when temps are cold my fingers hurt badly.

                        Driving as a team, sleeping in the sleeper of a tractor trailer. Driver jack-knifes, my head crushed as trailer folded around sleeper. Lost sight of lower half of right eye. That really sucks. I have to be hypervigilant when walking or I stumble on things, tough when hunting and kind of scary sometimes on a scaffold.

                        Lots of other scars all over my body.

                        -Tom

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                        • #13
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                          Worked once with an apprentice that just wouldn't listen to me regardless how many times I told him to put hangers every 4' on 2" PVC.

                          Finally, I lost my head.

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                          • #14
                            Re: worst injury on the job

                            Originally posted by plumberscrack View Post

                            I got a wood splinter under my nail last week too. It throbbed for 3 days.
                            **** thats what i'm dealing with right now..

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                            • #15
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                              about 15 years ago now, I was unloading my one ton truck (it has a flat bed) and I jumped off the bed of the and hit the ground with a light twist and in the process blew out my knee, tore up a bunch of ligaments and smashed all the cartilage and soft tissue in it.
                              the knee was so tore up and swollen I had to wait 6 weeks for surgery, they worked on it for about 5 hrs to put it back together, and was off of it for about another 6 weeks and then with a knee and leg brace for about another 18 months, the first 6 of them was with a cane or crutch,

                              during the surgery they took a hunk of my upper shin bone and part of my knee cap, and a section of the tendon that connects the two, and used that to rebuild some of the broken tendons down in the joint,

                              I had revamped the old 110 John Deere lawn tractor to a hand clutch and bolted on a old steel milk crate and fixed a place for my crutches on the back and even pounded in electric fence posts off of that, I had to tie the door of the tractor cab open to drive it, and my old 6x6 military truck has a automatic transmission in it so I did not have a clutch to contend with, so I could drive it, on the tractor I used my right foot for the clutch,
                              I have only been able to kneel on it for short time intervals the last year or so,

                              so my construction days were fairly effectually ended at that point, I finished up a few jobs rolling on the floor and said that was it,

                              the thing I find interesting is I can hardly climb a set of proper steps but can climb a ladder with out much trouble, I can still walk fairly well, and it has healed up now to about what the other knee has deteriated to now, so both are about the same, in use and pain.

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                              my worst burn: when I was building my meat process room in the back of the barn I was building the rail that the meat would roll on, and was out side on the kill pad, and was put in a scale in the rail and I had a cutting torch and was up on a ladder and some how the torch slipped and dropped down in the cuff of my welding glove, on to the back of my hand,
                              the burn was about 4" across and fairly deep. but it did not take me long to respond LOL.

                              I have had larger area burns but not as an intense burn at that one,
                              Push sticks/blocks Save Fingers
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