Serious lathe accidents and injurys.......a preventive idea

Discussion in 'Woodturning Health & Safety' started by odie, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. David Dillon

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    I too have used an Airmate for over 15 years. This has a heavy Lexan face plate attached to a hard hat. The curved face plate would tend to deflect any object flying directly at it. I would advise not eating large quantities of baked beans 2 to 3 hours prior to using the airmate because the filtered air intake is on a belt which is worn just above your butt. Do the math it is not pleasant!
     
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    Hi

    Just thinking, sometimes rodeo bull riders wear a helmet. That has got to be pretty heavy duty. Any ol' cowboys out there that could clue is in?

    Herb
     
  3. Andy Chen

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    Not trying to be a smartass, but turning at a lower RPM increases safety margin in a big way. So many push the higher RPM for speed, better cut, etc, but safety is sacrificed. Too big of a trade off for me.
     
  5. odie

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    Glad she didn't give up......

    A testament to fortitude and inner soul.......:cool2:

    ooc
     
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    An interesting subject Odie and well worth bringing up.

    I pretty well go along with robo hippy and I also have the well disciplined habit of standing off to one side as much possible. Not being there when it flies is one of the best forms of protection. Mind you I only do bowls and or hollow vessels and I have dedicated bowl lathes which allow me to be where I prefer.
    I turn a fair bit of resinous eucalyptus burl, known for its susceptibility to blow apart. With this I spend time looking it over closely and have been known to fill any and all suspect faults with CA and leave it over night. re-inspect in the morning. The trick is not to be in a hurry to get it on the lathe.
     
  7. Bill Weaver

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    got my bionic face shield in the mail Tuesday and tried it for the first time yesterday. found it to be very comfortable to wear (roomy) and felt comfortable turning with it. I still stand to the side when all possible.
    Thanks for this thread Odie I think it woake the most of us up to be safer.:)
     
  8. Bart Leetch

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    All I know if buying & using a Serious lathe would cause me to have accidents I'd probably stick with a PowerMatic or a Robust or maybe a Vicmark.:eek: :D

    Sorry I just couldn't resist.
     
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  9. Jason Lee Smith

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    I Have a Powercap 4 IP lite, its a clear face shield with a metal frame, it has an integrated bump-cap and is certified impact resistant to various European standards. it has two light mobile phone batteries built in to it, powering an air filtration system that blows filtered air down over the face - avoiding misting!
    It's a surprisingly light piece of kit - very comfortable!
    And has already saved my life - when as an inexperienced (stupid?) turner, I put the speed up on an 18 inch piece of chestnut which then exploded and hit me in what would have been my face - had I not been wearing this!
    now I wear it all the time!
    worth its' weight in gold!
     
  10. odie

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    Thanks, Jason......

    I hadn't heard of the Powercap lite before, so had to run a search to see what you were talking about.......for convenience to those who are also curious, here's a link to the Powercap:

    http://www.mdsassociates.com/catalog/p-102230/75-275cad602-jsp-powercap-lite-powered-respirator



    ooc
     
  11. Jason Lee Smith

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  12. mark ravensdale

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    Might be a good idea that,
    Can you still fit lung protection under it???
    I know the woods stil wet but I alway use lung protection, some may not but I do, could you fit a dust mask under it ???
    Please don't think I'am making fun, I just wondered,
    Also if my memory serves me correctly, I do believe there was a fatal accident in Australia fairly recent
     
  13. hockenbery

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    Mark,
    I have and old airmate that uses the same principle of filtered forced air coming into the headgear. As long as the HEPA filters are installed I'm breathing clean air.
    Of course I don't flip up the visor and breath while the air is full,of dust.
    I also got a soft headgear I use when carving and sanding off the lathe.
     
  14. Raul McCai

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    thanks for posting

    I followed this to the link where Ms Yamaguchi has her recovery blogged
    She's still recovering and praying for a medical miracle.
    OUCH~!!!

    So I ordered a helmet with a face cage

    I'd have laughed at the notion of such a measure, right up to the moment where I saw she was still recovering.

    My lathe has a cage but I'm less likely to put it on than I am to grab a helmet.
     
  15. odie

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    Raul.....

    I no longer have the hockey helmet, but am using two modified alternatives. A safety shield headband with a police riot shield installed, and a softball fielders mask with extra protection brazed at the center. I don't use either all the time, but both some of the time.....depending on my assessment of the danger. The riot shield is very heavy, but affords great unobstructed full coverage protection. The fielder's mask fits under the regular bionic shield.

    Lynn Yamaguchi was my inspiration for having some extra face protection......and, coming up with my own improvised solutions.

    ko
     

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  16. Bill Boehme

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    The most important thing to do is learn to turn safely so that the likelihood of things flying off the lathe is greatly reduced. Figuring out why you are getting catches and then adjusting your technique is a big part of turning more safely.

    Something to keep in mind about any kind of face protection: it may go a long way in protecting your eyes, teeth and nose, but because the shield is anchored to your head, that is where the energy will ultimately be dissipated.
     

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