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Health & Safety

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1Health & Safety Empty Health & Safety 11th December 2014, 6:27 pm

pulsarmoley

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Just a reminder people, don't cut corners when working on your cars or anything in general. Most have done it before, myself included, doing things like grinding etc and not wearing your safety gear. It only takes the one time to potentially alter your life for good.
I only raise this point as a colleague of mine was nearly killed at work today. He was trying to get a bead to seat on a tractor tyre when the sidewall blew out and literally blew his face off. He's lucky to be alive but unfortunately has lost one of his eyes.

Sorry for a grim post guys but sometimes we do take things for granted, stay safe!


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2Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 11th December 2014, 6:52 pm

toaster55

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ooooh nasty! hope he gets better soon. we always inflate aircraft tyres in a big cage to try and prevent that as it can be dodgy, did hear of a lad setting an inflation rig for his mate on apache's set it to what he thought was 100 psi was infact 100 bar, he lost a few fingers.

3Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 11th December 2014, 6:52 pm

Bones

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Jusus mate. Hope thing work out for him. That's a family who won't be looking forward to Christmas

4Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 11th December 2014, 6:53 pm

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Blimey pete im really sorry to hear that .... Rolling Eyes


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5Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 11th December 2014, 7:02 pm

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yeah real shame and hope hes on the mend soon but hes still alive so very lucky in some respects.

another thing not to skimp on is an obvious thing of getting under cars on a jack, I knew that years back when I was a wee laddy but if your in a rush you can easily think ''ah that'll be ok''
Cost me 3 months off work when doing a clutch on a fiesta when undoing the box brace as pulled the car off the jack right on top of me and back is still boogered from that moment of stupidity over ten years on

as Pete said it just takes that one moment of not thinking or rushing and can change your life for ever


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6Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 11th December 2014, 7:09 pm

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Geeze bud terrible news close to Christmas. Whether it's a small or big job always gotta be safe and it's often the simple jobs where these things happen. Very true about jacks and car stands bob, similar thing happened to a guy near me but he unfortunately didn't survive.

7Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 11th December 2014, 7:11 pm

Mr B

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Very true, I always tend work safe over shortcuts but still have bad habits such as minimal use of goggles.
so easy make a mistake or just have an off day & the brain not up to speed on what your hands are doing. 
Agricultural, HGV, Military & Industrial machinery can be super lethal ..
Not great losing an eye but better than loosing 2 .
Hopefully he handles the problem well & has support from company too .

8Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 11th December 2014, 7:16 pm

pulsarmoley

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Yeah we're all thinking positive for him, unfortunately the wheel wont fit in our cage and even if it did who knows whether things would of been different as the injury was purely from the air pressure as the tyre is still intact, just a 6" gash in the sidewall Shocked
People underestimate air pressure; I remember when I started as an apprentice reading that a tractor tyre @ 10psi would launch a battery a mile in the air with a hole the size of a finger.
Memo's have already been circulated so reckon a few changes will follow...


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9Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 11th December 2014, 7:57 pm

johnny gtir

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I should listen to this i am not dangerous but its so easy as you rush at work to get the job done or at home working on the car on the drive etc

10Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 11th December 2014, 8:14 pm

gtir_woody

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Yeah exactly, I went to do a 2 second grind job without glasses and straight away got piece in my eye. Lesson learnt

11Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 11th December 2014, 8:51 pm

Mr B

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Sounds like it was a genuine accident rather any personal stupidity.
I remember seeing some horrific stories from agricultural style tyre rims with 2 or 3 piece design & locking rings that can shoot off if assembled badly with deadly results :-S
At least he not blinded in both eyes as that would be horrific :-(
Think I will be using my quality goggles & safety glasses more often.

12Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 11th December 2014, 9:12 pm

pulsarmoley

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I know of them locking rings but luckily haven't known of any incidents with them.
The tyre is being looked into as they had already replaced one due to a bulge in the sidewall. Problem with accidents like this is its not just the injured person affected. The guy working with him cant face going back in to the workshop, reckon he's gonna need counselling.


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13Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 11th December 2014, 9:25 pm

Mr B

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Yes I can understand that, i've been in factories with workers trapped in production line equipment & it can be ugly stuff & take quite a while to overcome the affect it can have on you.

14Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 12th December 2014, 1:36 am

Gaz GTiR

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Wow that's not good :/ poor guy, wish him all the best

15Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 12th December 2014, 6:30 pm

pulsarmoley

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Hopefully get an update over the weekend as my brothers wife may be working on his ward. Some of the facts are starting to come to light but waiting for conformation.


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16Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 13th December 2014, 12:05 pm

grim_d

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Feel sorry for him and hope he gets back to a level of normal soon.

Air pressure can be scary stuff, 200psi the main wheels are at work, thankfully they arrive as assembled units but the worst can still happen. Exclamation

17Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 16th December 2014, 10:31 pm

pulsarmoley

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Well the guy has been allowed home but haven't had any more updates about what injuries has definitely been sustained.
I overlook low pressure systems such as tyres as it seems minimal when working on 5000psi hydraulics...


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18Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 16th December 2014, 11:45 pm

grim_d

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A 200psi tyre failure is far more dangerous than a 5000psi hydraulic system!

Hydraulic fluid in the eyes is a bugger though!

19Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 17th December 2014, 5:40 pm

pulsarmoley

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I would argue that point, under different circumstances either can be worse. Ive heard of big hydraulic hoses failing at the coupling and the hose under pressure taking someone out. Ive also seen what happens when hydraulic oil is injected under the skin, the pictures of it is not for the faint hearted.
And yeah hydraulic oil in eyes is awful.


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20Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 17th December 2014, 8:13 pm

grim_d

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You are not wrong and I was in no way dismissing the dangers of pressurised hydraulics.

I still feel far more comfortable around hydso though there are few flexible lines to flail around and tbh the chance of catastrophic failure is small.

The big diggers etc with flexible lines in hostile environments would perhaps change my tune!

Either way, be safe!

21Health & Safety Empty Re: Health & Safety 17th December 2014, 9:15 pm

pulsarmoley

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Indeed goodpost


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