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Xargos
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This happened 1 month ago while shooting a documentary in a socks factory, I was measuring the light for a close-up shot of a sock machine (one like those : http://www.gamasocks.com/resim/mak1.jpg), the machine wasn’t moving, I had my hand with the lightmeter inches away from the machine when it suddenly started, my hand was “eaten” by the machine, I could feel it’s power crushing my hand, I could hear the plastic of the lightmeter crack, I quickly removed my hand from the metal trap only to find it covered in blood, I could hardly move any finger and they didn’t look very straight.
So I went to the sink to wash my hands, I started to feel dizzy, and fell on my knees, my vision blurred, I was really close to fainting, the cold water lowered the pain. I tok a look at my hand, It was still very red, I had major cuts everywhere and on nail was missing, hopefully no finger seemed broken. I then went back to my car to get some rest, there was a hissing noise, getting louder and louder, I couldn’t locate where it was coming from… because it was coming from my ears (YAY blood pressure lowering is FUN).
After this I couldn’t perform magic using my right hand for 2 weeks and had to practice using my left hand J

DON’T EVER THINK A SOCK MAKING MACHINE IS FRIENDLY, IT WILL TRY TO EAT YOUR HAND.
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That is a nightmare!!!
Glad you are Okay.
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Did you discover that your left hand could accomplish the same as you right, with a lot of practice?
ed rhodes
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Quote:
On 2006-03-31 05:32, Xargos wrote:
DON’T EVER THINK A SOCK MAKING MACHINE IS FRIENDLY, IT WILL TRY TO EAT YOUR HAND.


I never trust the sock making machines. I know they want to rule the world!

Seriously! I'm glad you didn't get maimed! You were almost a Stephen King story!

(I got my arm caught in a wringer of an old wringer washer machine once, but that was when I was a lot younger!)
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
Xargos
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Now I'm back on tracks Smile and performing escapes, looks like this little incident mades me love pain Smile
Daegs
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That last line is golden though!!!

At least you have a nice story to tell anytime your about to do a piece of difficult magic with your right hand Smile
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Frightening how things can happen SO quickly like that. I worked in a warehouse where we were required to wear steel toed boots. In over 4 years the ONE day I didn't wear them my right foot was almost crushed. Until that time there had never even been a situation where I needed them.

Michael

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My wife had called me that morning saying she saw that I forgot to take them to work. She said "Be careful, it is dangerous without them!" Self fullfilling prophicy? Smile
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You went back to the car to get some rest. WOW I am sure that cleared it right up..lol. THe car or the hospital .hhhmmmm?? I'm not making fun , that's just funny to me , I would have gotten help of some sort and got some where as fast as possiblt to hope I could get it taken care of fast and eliminate the possibility of nerve damage etc. I could not imagine leaving with out having my hands full fuctional. Magic is literally my life. That would just plain ole suck.
THOUGHTfully,

LONDON
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Not as drastic, but bad enough. I worked as a machinist from '80 to '93. While working on a hydoform machine that formed sheet metal around aluminiun dies. I finished a run, and needed to remove a die from the table bed. I had just put on a clean pair of cotton gloves. Problem is dirty gloves have traction, clean ones don't. I tried twice to pry up the die, twice it feel down. The third time I dropped a 80lbs aluminium die on my left hand ring finger. My fingertip exploded underneath the impact. It broke my tip bone in my finger, and snapped the tendon. Luckily I had a good plastic surgeon that fixed it all up. Had me splinted down to my wrist for 6 weeks. That was almost as bad as the fingertip.

While I am glad that I had the machining experience, my hands are thankful I took up computers.

Doulos
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I used to work on copiers, and had a brand new silk tie. I bent over the running copier with the back cover removed. A gear grabbed my tie and started pulling me in at 30 copies per minute. I tried to reach the power button, but was just short, and getting shorter. 3 inches from my neck I finally got it unplugged. I had to rip my tie out of the gear.

Glad to hear that you are back in action.
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Wow, glad to hear everyone is okay, I too have gotten my hand in a wringer dryer. OUCH, after that even the electric mixer didn't hurt!
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