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01-10-2015 12:41 AM

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In case anyone needs a reminder to not wear long sleeves in the shop, last night I responded to a guy who was reminded of this. I wish I could have taken a photo of this! He was working in a local lumber place and his sleeve was pulled in by a sander, which was the planer style. It pulled is hand in and nearly severed his thumb as well as the meating portion of his palm connected to his thumb.

It was a full thickness laceration with muscle showing and he could not move or feel with the thumb! I really hope he keeps it, but it was a good reminder to me as my garage gets cold and I’m decided between my fleece coat and vest!!

Stay safe!!

-- Keith

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#1 posted 01-10-2015 06:35 AM

That is a great safety tip to remind everyone of. I don’t think I am alone in wearing more clothes in the shop than I should. I need to turn the heat up and keep the long sleeves inside.

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#2 posted 01-10-2015 07:18 AM

Hmmm, I wear longs sleeves in the shop a lot sometimes even my jacket otherwise its just too cold. Mind you i am super concious of were the sharp spinny things are in relation to my clothes. I do have a bad habit of leaving the jacket unzipped and loose…gonna have to watch that. Thanks for the reminder!

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 12:39 PM

This is an interesting topic.

I’m reminded of the youtube video by the wood gears guy where he tries (and fails) to get some cloth sucked into a tablesaw blade. And yet the internet is rife with examples of this being a common shop mishap.

I wonder if it is purely a problem with loose sleeves and other loose garments? Me thinks maybe just saying “long sleeves” is an over-simplification of the danger.

I’m prone to wearing a long sleeved t-shirt (with tight fitting stretchy ends on the sleeves) and a hoody with similar sleeves. So long sleeves yes…but nothing loose.

Do any of you have knowledge of situations where close-fitting sleeves caused a problem?

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#4 posted 01-10-2015 01:25 PM

if your clothing gets pulled into a machine then maybe you are just too close, use a push block

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#5 posted 01-10-2015 03:16 PM

Jeffp has a valid point. Too loose clothing in general can create a problem. Baggy sweat pants and Tshirts can be just as hazardous.

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#6 posted 01-10-2015 03:29 PM

Thanks for the support…but if you get your sweat pants caught in your table saw…you’re doing it wrong. :)

Jeffp has a valid point. Too loose clothing in general can create a problem. Baggy sweat pants and Tshirts can be just as hazardous.

- Monte Pittman

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#7 posted 01-10-2015 03:30 PM

Well, I’m sure we all do things Others on this site would seem “dangerous” from time to time. I sometimes wear old flip flops to keep my shoes in better shape, which is not smart.

My main reason for posting was that the imagine I saw was pretty effective reminder!!!

-- Keith

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#8 posted 01-10-2015 03:57 PM

Good reminder. On any given night I may be in the shop in anywhere from safe clothing to underwear/flip-flops/baggy sweatshirt. I’ve never been buck naked in the shop but there’s still time. I’ve dropped lumber on my toes. I’ve had baggy sweatshirt interfere with what I’m doing including adhering it to my bench with contact cement. But when I’m working with the sharp or spinning stuff I always wear short sleeves. I don’t wear baggie sweatpants as a matter of principle because we ain’t in the 80s anymore. Maybe I should rock some lululemon yoga pants? Sorry I’ve digressed.

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#9 posted 01-10-2015 04:46 PM

I had a baggy sweater get pulled into my belt sander about two weeks ago it got sucked in about rib height and my face and the sander converged on each other rapidly. Luckily the sweater was thick and the sander was a smallish handheld so it bogged down before it started sanding my chin. Managed to turn it off but had a crazy time getting untangled, sweater was so tight I there was no way I could get out of it, finally managed to wiggle the sweater free of the sander but I must have looked ridiculous for a good 5-10 minutes. Kinda wish someone else had been home so I could have gotten a picture. In the end I got off pretty easy with no injury (other than my pride) and learned that I should not wear loose fitting clothes in the shop!

Nice reminder Medickep!

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#10 posted 01-12-2015 09:15 AM

I was jointing a board while wearing an old leather jacket. As the board cleared the cutter head, my sleeve got sucked in. Luckily (I guess), it was enough to stall the machine long enough for me to shut it down. No injury, I’m glad to say, but I did have to change my underwear. Jacket went straight into the trash can.

Another no-no: wearing a necktie while using a lathe.

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#11 posted 01-12-2015 11:25 AM

At a previous job, the rule was no long sleeves or loose clothing in the machine shop. I once had a handheld grinder grab my sleeve when using a cup brush. Luckily it shut off when I let go, but it wrapped up the sleeve pretty good.

-- Daniel S

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#12 posted 01-12-2015 02:31 PM

No long sleeves or long hair in my shop. No jewelry either.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 01-12-2015 02:54 PM

I must say I wear long sleeves in my shop most of the year. I heat my shop, but I consider still too cold for short sleeves. I typically wear a sweater w/ tight sleeves, and that has worked best for me. I once tried a sweat shirt and the dangly things from the hood scared me, so I took it off.

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#14 posted 01-12-2015 03:17 PM

Long sleeves are typically required to be worn by most industries which have rotating equipment present. It increases your protection, but as noted, it also can be a hazard around rotating equipment. So with that said, loose fitting garments are not to be worn around said equipment. This includes long hair, jewelry, and don’t forget those pesky strings on your “Hoodies”.

This is why the equipment operators need to keep as much of distance away from the hazard as possible. This is normally achieved through engineered controls, such as guard, push sticks, etc. which aren’t always used like they should.

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#15 posted 01-12-2015 03:27 PM

Someone should adapt the new fad arm sleeves worn in sports for woodworking. The could be colored up “Norm Plaid.”

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