Don’t wear jewelry when working on your motor or boats

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    thumper
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    #7314

    I was hooking up the battery to the boat and accidentally arced the wrench between the 2 poles. The $1500 ring ring on my hand instantly melted and was destroyed along with several layers of perfectly good fingers.


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    bullie

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    #59564

    Owie!

    Buccaneer
    Buccaneer
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    #59573

    I did something similar years ago while working on the alternator
    on my 1963 Plymouth, but it was my wrist watch’s metal band that
    made contact with something "hot" on the back of the alternator.
    Never did that again!
    Use to have to watch safety videos at work warning, and showing
    people with missing fingers, etc., of those who caught rings,
    watches, etc, on moving machinery, ladder rungs, etc.
    Now that I’m retired, who needs a stinking watch anyway! 😆

    Prepare to be boarded!

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    wedgie
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    #59574
    quote Buccaneer:

    I did something similar years ago while working on the alternator
    on my 1963 Plymouth, but it was my wrist watch’s metal band that
    made contact with something “hot” on the back of the alternator.
    Never did that again!
    Use to have to watch safety videos at work warning, and showing
    people with missing fingers, etc., of those who caught rings,
    watches, etc, on moving machinery, ladder rungs, etc.
    Now that I’m retired, who needs a stinking watch anyway! 😆

    A former co-worker did the same thing with a wrench and his watch band while removing a battery from his truck. Said it welded the clasp shut and he had to break the band to get it off of his wrist.

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    Mumbles
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    #59580

    Ouch! You better get rid of those nuts on the battery posts and get yourself some stainless wingnuts.

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    david-bartlett

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    #59661

    Gold is an excellent conductor!

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    auldscott
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    #60147

    I hung my wedding ring on an unexpected catch point on a boat and fortunately for me, the ring broke instead of pulling my finger off (I bled for a while, but that healed). Nope, it wasn’t real to me until then, but I no longer wear a ring when I am working on stuff.

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    reivertom
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    #60605

    I knew a guy that only had 9 fingers due to a sturdy ring getting caught on something. This is good advice that I never think about. I guess we all think "that won’t happen to me!". BTW…A good jeweler could fix your ring pretty much like new……your finger is another thing….

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    mr-asa
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    #60606

    One of the first things they showed us in both tech schools I attended when I was in the USAF was a series of video clips of people getting hurt because they were wearing jewelry, loose clothing, or just plain weren’t paying attention.

    Worst one was a guy that got killed by a gantry crane in a shipyard. Was walking along the path of the crane ahead of it. He thought he could sneak through an area that bordered a building and had, when the crane was also in that area, a clearance of approx 8". Got held up somehow, the crane gantry caught up with him and he ended up being rolled like a cigarette between the gantry and the building wall. The sounds were horrific.

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    jeff-register
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    #166617

    No rings or Jewelry for me working with electrical for 30 years. Almost lost a finger hooking it on a tow bar back in the
    70’s. My wife wants me to wear one now but can’t find it. All I need to do is touch a 15,000 volt transformer for neon lighting.

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