Shop Safety

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Shop Safety

Postby CMBOSTC » February 7th, 2012, 11:24 am

I wanted to take some time to remind everyone about shop safety. Yesterday I was working on a new box call design. The sound boards where still too thick to get a good sounding turkey out of it. So, I was thinning the sound board down with a 3/4" chisel that I had just sharpened. I got a bigger bite on the wood than what I would recommend. I decided to push harder. Well, the chisel hit a thin spot and the chisel released from the wood and went straight into my left hand which was holding the opposite end of the call between my thumb and index finger. As soon as I saw it I new it was bad. I had a 1 inch laceration gushing blood. I grabbed the closest cleanest thing possible (a shirt) and put pressure on it. My kids called my wife who had to rush home and take me to the hospital. I ended up with five stitches. Luckily it didn't go very deep.

I've been assessing what went wrong and what I can do in the future to prevent this same accident. The most important safety measure that I have come up with is to place the call in a vise to keep your hand a little further away from the danger area. The second control measure is not move a blade toward a body part.

I probably won't be making calls for a week or two. I know that all of this sounds careless on my part and I have been beating myself up about it. But, the truth of the matter is accidents will happen.

Please be safe!

Chris

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Re: Shop Safety

Postby Dixie Belle » February 7th, 2012, 11:54 am

Chris,
I am glad to hear that you did not cut or damage any vital parts of your hand. We all have shop scars to remind us about things we did that we wish we had not done. Don't hammer yourself too hard, the important thing is that you can still use that hand and no permanent damage was done, and praises to your kids and wife who took such good care of you. You will be back to making those fine looking calls in no time at all! Thanks for the reminder to the rest of us too.
Ted
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Re: Shop Safety

Postby CMBOSTC » February 7th, 2012, 3:55 pm

Dixie Belle wrote:Chris,
I am glad to hear that you did not cut or damage any vital parts of your hand. We all have shop scars to remind us about things we did that we wish we had not done. Don't hammer yourself too hard, the important thing is that you can still use that hand and no permanent damage was done, and praises to your kids and wife who took such good care of you. You will be back to making those fine looking calls in no time at all! Thanks for the reminder to the rest of us too.
Ted


Thanks Ted. I'm getting stir crazy already!

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Re: Shop Safety

Postby eggshell » February 7th, 2012, 6:02 pm

Tell me about accidents.....I can chuckle now, but a couple years ago it wasn't so funny. Being crippled up, as myself and some others here know, is no fun. As we enter in to spring season I pray everyone is safe.
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Re: Shop Safety

Postby BluMtnGobbler » February 7th, 2012, 7:47 pm

Chris, Sorry to here about your accident.Could have been more serious glad you are ok.THey happen fast. A goodfriend of mine, an avid woodworker for years,lost one and a half fingers last year after a dumb thing he did on tablesaw.Didnt have saw stop, so all be safe.
Brian

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Re: Shop Safety

Postby Steve_In » February 9th, 2012, 9:18 am

I laid my left ring finger open to the tendon with a careless slip of the knife while gutting a deer. Rubber gloves don't even slow down a sharp knife.
Ever watch the Woodright's Shop on PBS? An episode would not be complete until Roy Underhill draws blood.
Seriously though take care of it and don't rush back to call making too soon.
Steve, I love "smoked" turkey


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