Monday, April 10, 2006

Bloody Accident

Day 1 of the 6 day shift cycle. Shift 4:00 am till midday
Press - Mulder
Tiles made: Demi Ronde 33 BV - 4900
Dry Tiles unstacked: ventilation 33 Littoral

No, not me, some other sod nearly lost his hand last week.

There is no factory post for Thursday April 6th coz I was too unwell to go in.

So yesterday at 11:00 am they are running the Bongioanni press which is next to ours and shares the same chassis/chain circuit.
The guy running the press sees that there is no claie under the press (2 steel tubular rails, welded together holding 8 little wooden pallettes). So he calls a colleague over to help him, and WITHOUT STOPPING THE PRESS, they lift an empty claie over and plonk it on top of the chain that pulls the claies under the press. So far, so stupid. But at just the wrong moment, the chain advances 1 step, pulls this claie forward, trapping the guy's (ungloved) hand between the metal tube end of the claie and a metal walkway. The chain continues to advance, with each turn of the press, and tears open his palm and the big thumb muscle.
Much blood, much pain, ambulance takes him away for surgery, 21 stitches and a long time of work. The idiot was lucky not to lose his hand.


At 4:16 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bloody idiot - you got to 'hand' it to him! (Sounds like something that would happen in a factory in Zim.....)

At 9:40 pm, Blogger Stew said...

Ah, but you see, we're ALL kaffirs here!


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