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Offline SeanB

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Re: Dangerous workshop/general idiocy thread
« Reply #25 on: June 08, 2012, 06:27:10 pm »
Worse is that they left a loose bolt in the turbine housing.......... Koeberg.

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Re: Dangerous workshop/general idiocy thread
« Reply #26 on: June 08, 2012, 08:31:18 pm »
I used to work on offset printing presses. One of these had a 6 kW motor and needless to say turned quite a weight of steel so could be quite dangerous if fingers went into the wrong places and there were plenty of places with all those rollers and cylinders. Fortunately printing presses to have some pretty impressive safety systems when you think that they are simple machines really in terms of automation. There were switches connected to bars in certain places that would stop the press quite quickly, I believe the motor has a built in braking system, although this was as much to protect the press from paper fouling in it as it was to protect us using it. There were in details of we mean getting their hair trapped in them and some people losing fingertips.

On our small press I did nearly lose one of my fingers myself, one evening after a long day of many long days I was trying to get the damn paper pickup system to work and get the paper moving. The cover had been taken off the paper pickup mechanism and my finger went into the wrong place fortunately not quite at the wrong time so I escaped with just shopping a fairly large lump of flesh on my finger which I quickly put a plaster round and left to heal for a few days. Had I not moved quite so fast it would have been the whole of my fingertip to go.

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