My close call was at 17 I was working in a job shop. I needed to bend up some 8' sheets of aluminum for a fuel tank. I go over to the 300ton press brake and set it up so I think. I thought I heard the bottom limit switch click, nope it was something in the shop. I start to bending, hit the pedal like always wating for the switch to click and bring the die up. BOOM, the bottom die blows out and shakes the shop. The onlything that kept me from spilling my guts out all over the floor was a 1/8" lip that holds the bottom die in the bed of the brake. The owner wasn't mad at my $2500 mistake just glad I was ok. Needless to say that was a life lesson I will NEVER forget. Now I always check and re check the set up on all of the machines.
One of Tozz will relate to I think Rt. 2 arlington Mass. J.H. White Const. Hi Way abutment, Steel gang form. Stripping after pour. Have 2 lifting Irons bolted through steel. Standing up about 30 ft top of pour. directing crane operator. Guys left one she bolt into concrete. I see one iron mushroom like plastic! Boom Iron and slings rocket up to jib. one misses My head on the way down and breaks a rib,almost knocking Me off top. Lucky
I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .
I was in the hole in the North End on the Dig. New crane operator, I signal him to cable up, he booms down and almost crushes me. You never saw me move so fast on my way down to try and kill him
On my very first house I framed I worked for a cheap bastard who thought safety came second to cost. We where setting a ridge in a foyer it was a 14' triple microlam beam, oh yeah I forgot to mention we were 3 stories up so me and two other buys where standing on a 12" scafolding, it was windy as all hell and the sheer wieght of it was making us and the scaffolding shake back and forth. At the time I was a seventeen year old adrenaline junky who was affraid of nothing but when we were up there you could see the "Oh my ****ing god we are gonna die" look in all of our eyes. Since then Ive had tons of close calls but never any that scared me like that.
Thought I'd bring up some old discussion since the subject came up on another post. Mine was post 14 here.
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I was born.
Still waiting to see how that pans out.
while working in the shop one of the guys was using an angle grinder to cut off bolts
he was putting just a bit too much pressure on the wheel when he cut through it
the bolt head shot across the shop and clipped me in the face
my safety glasses had to be replaced and i was left with a hell of a shiner but the safety glasses saved my eye sight.
as a result of the incident more training was introduced and portable deflector screens were ordered and put to use when grinding
shooting the s*** is a lot more fun when you use hollow points (much more splatter)
coffee hell gimme booze!!!
Had a load on a soft sling coming down vertical into a pump well on the hook of the crane. Doggie was busy gobbing on the phone and the sling clipped the side of the concrete and released the pipe. Heavy wall stainless steel seamless pipe. God was watching me that day. What got me in the neck though was the gutless doggie ran around blaming the labourers for slinging the load. Piece of trash wouldn't accept that he was responsible regardless as he allowed someone else to do what he should have done. Also talking on the phone..............!!
Wont be a next time because doggie will be extracting it from where the sun doesn't shine