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Safety while using a belt grinder (graphic image warning)


Martin Tiney
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OK guys we all use belt grinders and for the most of the time they are perfectly safe......  UNTIL!!!! 

 your overall sleeve gets caught up in the belt /contact wheel and drags your hand in. 

The photo shows what happens after 3 bouts of surgery, one of which lasted for 9 hours, 

PLEASE, PLEASE, make sure that nothing is loose, ( not even protective overall) when using the belt grinder 

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Have a 12 Inch scar on my left thigh where they took the graft from, the left thigh is now 3 1/2 inch smaller dia than the right one  the good news is that as it happened at work I'm still being paid full wages and there paying me expenses for the 90 mile round trip to the hospital, would rater be at work though :unsure:

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Just to give you a idea of size of the sca

 

Went in with one injury.....  Came out with two :angry:

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I had a novice trying his hand at grinding bevels last Saturday, didn't last long before I took over.  Also started grinding two very awkward blades and my fingers had more than usual "interactions" with the 36 grit belt.

 

This is a very timely reminder how dangerous these machines can be, I got a chill when you mentioned overalls, Winter here so I was actually wearing an overall coat.

 

I wish you a speedy recovery. 

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Thanks for the words of encouragement, but I think the recovery will be long and painful, ironically the use of overalls is mandatory in the workshop, however I'm sure if I wasn't wearing them I wouldn't have had the accident 

4 hours ago, Gerhard Gerber said:

I had a novice trying his hand at grinding bevels last Saturday, didn't last long before I took over.  Also started grinding two very awkward blades and my fingers had more than usual "interactions" with the 36 grit belt.

 

This is a very timely reminder how dangerous these machines can be, I got a chill when you mentioned overalls, Winter here so I was actually wearing an overall coat.

 

I wish you a speedy recovery. 

 

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I hope you have a speedy recovery.  Over the years I have found that some safety eq. can be the problem.  Good luck.

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I belong to a fb group- "dangerous grinder attachments."

 

They pale in comparison to you after pics. The way it's going now- looks like best case scenario. Some amazing surgery work there friend.

 

I echo their recovery wishes! 

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Thanks for the words of encouragement guys, 

I made a promise to myself that when I return to the grinder the ONLY safety equipment that I will use will be eye and respirator, anything lower than my elbows WILL be removed 

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Crikey! hope you are healing up OK. That's a horrible accident.

 

I wear a heavy cotton boiler suit when I work, I will be very careful to keep my sleeves pulled up when grinding from now on. Ive had a finger end dragged in before and that was bad enough.

 

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