A case for short hair

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Blog entry by ScienceNerd posted 04-13-2011 08:19 PM 1651 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, all -

Though the title of this posting is (mildly) humorous, the content is, unfortunately, not. I work in the chemistry dept at Yale, and overnight we had an undergraduate researcher die in a machine shop accident. Reports so far today suggest that her hair got caught in a lathe, which is why I am posting here. I see enough beautiful lathe-produced work on this site that I’d hate to have anyone else suffer the same consequences. So, ladies (and you lock-laden gents), please tie your hair back or opt for a short ‘do if you’re working with a lathe!

I did not know Michele, but my condolences go to her family and friends. Though tragic, hopefully an event like this can serve to prevent many others like it.

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#1 posted 04-13-2011 09:14 PM

so tragic

the exitement sometimes
gets the best of us

these tools can be brutal
be careful please

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-13-2011 10:05 PM

be careful with drill presses also. they work the same way.

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#3 posted 04-13-2011 10:22 PM

Yip, I once got my locks entangled in the workings of a huge ancient drill press. By the time I got to the switch I was semi scalped; there was this patch of skin and hair hanging from the drill press, blood streaming from my head….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#4 posted 04-13-2011 10:23 PM

Living in CT and my mother working for Yale this broke my heart to hear all though the newpaper didnt provide any information as to the cause of the accident this is a grim reminder that our number can be called at any time. My thoughts go out to her friends and family.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 04-13-2011 10:29 PM

Watch out for loose clothing too. Near any machine with rotating blades etc.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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