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The following gem came my way and it started me thinking about a few
things I'd been taking for granted while working on my project. It struck
a nerve because a few years ago I was working in a retail distribution
warehouse around the industrial conveyers. To look at these things,
one would get the impression that they are harmless. I certainly did,
until one nearly ate my right foot. If someone would have pointed out
the potential danger (as is the case here), it probably would have
saved me a lot of pain.
I hope that there might be some wisdom in this for some of my
As Martin has been known to say... *S*A*F*E and speedy construction!
From: Brian Herdeg[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, September 20, 1998 6:02 PM
To: Joe Stack
Subject: [Fwd: Paint Gun Danger]
I attended a Hydraulics Safety seminar at work yesterday and learned of
something I want to pass on to fellow builders and others wielding that
supposedly benign paint gun around the garage.
Each year approximately 280 Americans lose a hand to amputation because they
injected paint (or more commonly, thinner) into thier hand with an air-pressure
driven paint gun.
I can imagine the scenario, you're trying to clean the gun out before the paint
sets up so you're blowing thinner through it. There's a glob of paint on your
hand so you think you'll "wash it off" with a blast of thinner.
The injectors that medical people use to give "shots" operate at about 100 psi.
So... If you had the pressure a bit higher than normal (not sure what normal
is for painting), you could easily inject yourself with thinner.
When the seminar teacher (Rory McLaren of Fluid Power Training --not sure on
that company name) mentioned this, I sat up in a hurry. It's tough enough to
finish a homebuilt plane, without losing a hand in the process.
Rory mainly concentrated on hydraulic fluid injuries. It too will inject into
the skin at 100 psi or above. (And it's like slow acting snake venom. A man in
Minnesota recently died after 10 yrs. in hospital while it slowly at away his
nervous system.) So if you're lucky enough to have a hydraulic press or other
fluid power tools in your shop (usually operating at 1000 to 3000 psi) be very
careful and wear safety glasses when working with it. You should check out
Rory's website (www.rmfpt.com) for other safety ideas.
People are often blinded or cut or injected by high pressure streams projecting
from a leaky hose or fitting. You can't fly your pride and joy if you can't
pass your medical anymore!!!
All of us should learn more about our tools and the products we use to ensure