Twas not to long ago that there was a thread on powered rolling mills
and I have recent experience of what can result from not being as
careful as one should be.
I was cleaning my mill and opened the rollers so I could clean the
bottom roller with sandpaper with the mill on.
Not being careful enough to make sure the rollers were open enough
that so my fingers could not get caught, as I moved the sandpaper
back and forth, the rollers grabbed my left index and middle fingers.
Fortunately the mill has a clutch and the rollers stopped at the
first joint. The damage was a small fracture on the index finger and
ten stitches for each finger to repair the damage from being
crushed. No tendon damage.
Quite humbled by this experience, I am grateful that I will not lose
any parts. 35 years of relatively minor injuries, and then a big
lesson like this.
This happened Tuesday the 13th. I was actually working the next day,
thanks to oxycodone.
I have been slowed down considerably but I am determined to work to
recover as much use of both fingers as I can. I have been able to
solder, saw,file, make rubber molds, cut them open and shoot waxes,
(and delegate what I cannot do to employees).
I knew I was lucky to have used as many jewelry and lapidary tools
over the years and not have injured myself seriously. Now at 61 I
need to be as careful as I can so I keep what I have left intact.
Richard Hart G.G.