I realized why someone invented gloves.........

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rmartin, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. rmartin

    rmartin LawnSite Member
    from mass
    Posts: 204

    I was changing the blades of my mower last night when the wrench slipped off the bolt causing my left hand to slide directly into a newly sharpened blade. Missed my wrist by about 1/4 of an inch. 3 hours in the ER and 18 stitches later I now remember why I bought that supply of gloves. I guess sometimes we get a little complacent when doing our daily maintenance. :hammerhead: Stop, think and be careful.
  2. lawncare18

    lawncare18 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 742

    Glad to see your okay... I meet people being an assistant golf course superintendent that are always misisng a finger or two.. I always tell and train new guys to be very carefull esp. when cleaning the greens mowers since they are razor sharp 7 days a week all season.. Glad to see your okay and hopefully everyone else will stay safe...
  3. trent515

    trent515 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    Definitely good advice. Ever since I sanded the end of my finger with a belt sander, I always wear gloves when working.
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    My question is WHY did the wrench slip off in the 1st place?This won't happen if you were useing the tool properly.Unless it was a cheap tool that did not fit right.Were you useing the box end of the tool or the open end?
  5. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,497

    Got my finger with a bench grinder. Now i know to wear gloves no matter what im doing!
  6. rmartin

    rmartin LawnSite Member
    from mass
    Posts: 204

    it was an 11/16 socket wrench. Maybe next time I'll ask you for instructions.
  7. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    Well maybe you should..those things are easy to loose control of.If it is the tool I think it is.Does the socket move back and forth on its handle?
  8. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    I ripped half of my left index finger nail off the other day workin on some rusty brakes, that was painful, got a piece of rust jammed under the rest of the blade and I couldn't remove it right away, I soaked it a couple times a day and it eventually came out, but man o man is my finger still sore.
  9. Harry0

    Harry0 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 223

    I did the same thing and needed stitches too. Its just a simple mistake. Not sure if gloves would have helped me. I now use air tools. Hope you heal up quick.
  10. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,378

    Oh wise one, how is it that you are so perfect. Accidents happen all the time, as anyone has done their share of wrenching knows that wrenches do slip.

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