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  • Henrik
    Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
    • Jul 2014
    • 4415
    • Stockholm, Sweden

    Wear protective gear when doing metal work

    So, up until now everything’s been hunky dory.

    But, while fabricating new pits, somehow a random tiny tiny piece of metal decided to get stuck in my eye, right dead center in front of the lens. Now I’m old enough to always wear protective glasses (you’re not ‘cool’ if you don’t), but somehow this little particle made it in/around. It happened on Monday evening, and I just wrote it off as dust/scrap, “it will go away by itself”. But the pain has been increasing ever since, and tonight I couldn’t sleep at all, let alone open my eye. So now I’m at the eye hospital emergency room, and have just had it removed. Waiting for the doctor to remove the rust that has developed, and then hopefully go home with some meds. Holy cow, Batman, this has been an ordeal.

    I’ve already ordered ski goggle style protective glasses, as I really really don’t want this to happen again. And I’m very grateful that all I have had to pay so far for this emergency visit is 10 USD. And they took me in within 10 minutes of my arrival. Amazing.

    Stay safe out there!
  • Old Glory
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    Wow that does not sound like fun. Will there be any lasting issues?

    hope you heal quickly.


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      Havin btdt, an drivin my danged ol self to th ER, with shards of metal in one eye, I can sympathize.
      Perhaps th onliest thing that sucked worse than gittin metal in one's eyes (with safety glasses on) is gittin it removed.
      Life is good, an I still have both eyes, but fer grits an shins, please wear some PPE, yall!

      Git well soon, Brother, an take some heart in th fact th eye is among th fastest healin parts of our anatomy...
      Last edited by Mr. Bones; November 26, 2020, 03:37 AM.


      • Ahumadora
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        • Oct 2015
        • 2145
        • Warkworth, New Zealand

        Yep, been there done that and it sucks. Here's some nice googles on Amazon if anyone is interested http://shorturl.at/lyPX6.
        Many times sparks bounce off your face and go behind the safety glasses.
        I also wear ear plugs when grinding or welding. (One of the worst experiences is when I was plasma cutting upside down on a chassis and a molten blob of slag dropped directly in my ear. I could hear it sizzling and burning. After that I ended up getting multiple ear infections until a hole formed in my ear drum. Had to get surgery to fix the hole in my ear drum). So use ear plugs as well.
        Also use the full face sheilds while grinding especially when you have a pretty face like Henrik .


        • Mr. Bones
          Mr. Bones commented
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          PPE, yall...Seriously!!!
      • Steve B
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        Yup. Happened to me as well. Several times. It ain’t no fun for sure.
        Glad you’re ok my friend.


        • Henrik
          Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
          • Jul 2014
          • 4415
          • Stockholm, Sweden

          So, the doctor said my good looks won't be affected, LOL!!

          Anywho, ordered these bad boys today, will be using them consistently from now on.

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          The sedative has worn off, so now comes the pain (again). But that will go away. My vision is blurry, but the good doc said that I would see clearly again (pun intended) within two months. Ahumadora - the ear plugs is always on. Never understood why grown-ups (when I was a kid in the shop) never wore them. The steel grinder makes such a horrendous noise.

          And if you see any crooked or three-legged pits for sale, you know which Swedish fabricator to blame ;-)


          • Lock Stock and Barrel
            Club Member
            • Apr 2018
            • 147
            • Victoria, TEXAS

            You are preaching to the choir Father Henrick. While making my custom reverse smoker 3 years ago, I used a Dewalt cut off blade on my grinder to cut a 3/4 inch piece of galvanized pipe with shorts on, no apron, no gloves. After all at the ripe age of 60 then what could possibly go wrong? Well as physics would show you that when not paying attention a metal pipe will collapse when cutting through it and pinch the cut-off blade making the grinder jump out of my hand and fall down my leg hitting my bare leg above the ankle for six inches, 2 inches deep, causing what the doctors said is the worst gash they have ever seen. Could not even post a picture of this due to the grotesque nature of the wound.

            So I now use my leather apron, leather gloves and do nut cut pipe the wrong way as this entire episode cost me many added thousands of dollars to finish my smoker.

            I now use this as the standing line....want to see my $32,000.00 smoker I built? Materials were around $2,800.00.

            You get the point!


            • Henrik
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          • bbqLuv
            Club Member
            • Jan 2020
            • 1007
            • Milwaukie, OR

            Good warning, Thanks

            I know some butchers that wear chain mail armor in case of knife slip.


            • Andrrr
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              Hope the healing process goes well! Best of luck.


              • HawkerXP
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                Something else to be aware of.

                I needed an MRI of my head for some reason some time back. They wanted to know if there was a possibility of metal in my eyes? They didn't want this to be pulled out of my eyes during the scan. Well who has ever worked under a car changing exhaust systems and didn't get covered in rust particles!?! Not to mention my career in aviation maintenance, cutting, grinding, welding, and those GD wire wheels.....
                So they had to x-ray my head / eyes to look for metal before doing MRI. Luckily all clear. Go ahead Panhead John


                • Panhead John
                  Panhead John commented
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                  “MRI of your head” ......“MRI luckily all clear”...Not a surprise to me.
                  Last edited by Panhead John; November 26, 2020, 07:59 AM.

                • ofelles
                  ofelles commented
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                  I spent 25 years in the field doing sheet metal work. And have had a few MRI for the same reasons.
                  In the good old days when men were men, we didn't need no PPE! Stupid is more like it.
                  Last edited by ofelles; November 26, 2020, 09:18 AM.
              • Texas Larry
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                Best wishes for quick healing Henrik.


                • Henrik
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              • fzxdoc
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                Wow. That was a close one. Glad your vision will not be impaired, Henrik , and that the pain will subside soon.

                Best wishes,


                • Dan Deter
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                  Glad you're gonna be alright. I've been dinged by stuff enough times that I generally am pretty full on on safety gear, but I hadn't thought about stuff going around the safety glasses. Oddly enough, up until fairly recently I never wore ear protection when using the chainsaw, but did for other tools. I guess because learning to use it on the farm there generally was a lack of things like ear protection and I just got used to that and didn't think about it. I don't do that much metal work, and so when I do I'm extra covered up even in the middle of summer...


                  • IowaGirl
                    Club Member
                    • Dec 2018
                    • 662
                    • Northeast Iowa, USA

                    I can appreciate from first-hand experience the blurry vision and pain. You have my sympathy, Henrik. I hope the worst of your misery settles down quickly.


                    • Henrik
                      Henrik commented
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                      Thanks, should be alright within the next few days.
                  • smokin fool
                    Club Member
                    • Apr 2019
                    • 2007
                    • Mississauga, Ont

                    I cringed when I read this post.
                    Not so much metal for me but enough sawdust and wood chips and shavings to build a coffee table.
                    The plastic Arbourite or Fromica chips from counter tops are right up there with metal.


                    • HawkerXP
                      HawkerXP commented
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                      AND has far as I know a plastic magnet hasn't been developed yet.



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