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This is unbelievable, but true. I had an employee whose mother worked in a large can factory in Michigan. She worked on a sheet metal line with many women sitting at a machine stamping out can parts. One woman took off a finger with one of the stamping machines that sliced can tops.

When she recovered and returned to work, the safety officers and OSHA investigators came to her station on the line to talk with her and fill out a full report on how the accident happened. Their purpose was to prevent this from happening again by the possibility of designing some guard to protect the worker.

They asked her to show exactly what she was doing when the accident happened. So, she turned on the machine and fed in the material and whammo, took off another one.
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Well.... they did ask her to show exaclty what she was doing and she must have took them litterally.

Think she will be back for a third?
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Incredible. I can just see it happening!

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And get this!!! From what I understand she was a brunette!
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Maybe there was just some coal dust in her hair...

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The woodshop instructor a my High School took the tips off 3 fingers. While demontrating why you cant run 1/8" material thru a jointer. Needless to say, we had a new teacher the next day.

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. . . the safety officers and OSHA investigators came to her station on the line to talk with her and fill out a full report on how the accident happened. . .
Have to admit -- my first thought was
"another example of a government pencil pusher getting involved in something he knew nothing about."
Have to give him credit though -- for at least ASKING someone who did before he started handing down edicts.

Shame it had to end so badly for the lady involved.
Would have been better if the machine had been designed with safety in mind to start with.
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Hello everyone [my first post]

I worked with a bloke once who had the two middle fingers missing on his right hand.
He had tried to unblock rotating guillotine blade on an extruded rubber tubing line by poking it through with his finger and the blade lopped off his finger. The HSE came to inspect the production line and asked him how he ahd done it...yep put his finger in and lost another one... not made any better by his workmate, who having picked the severed digit out off the conveyor belt further down the line, came back and asked him if he'd like a hand...
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I worked with a bloke once who had the two middle fingers missing on his right hand.
He had tried to unblock rotating guillotine blade on an extruded rubber tubing line by poking it through with his finger and the blade lopped off his finger. The HSE came to inspect the production line and asked him how he ahd done it...yep put his finger in and lost another one... not made any better by his workmate, who having picked the severed digit out off the conveyor belt further down the line, came back and asked him if he'd like a hand...

That gives "giving him the finger" a whole new meaning.
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