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09-21-2006 02:07 PM
SuthnCustoms DrChop gave the best advice,have a magnet around you at all times in your shop.

If you feel like you have gotten something in your eye..DO NOT RUB IT..I know its a natural thing to so but but not only will you scratch your eye up bad but you have a great chance of embedding something in your eye that will require surgery to remove.
Being an Ironworker I deal with this daily,we always have an eye flushing system somewere nearby,thats the best thing to do FIRST,flush it out with clean water as best you can,then use the magnet to pull out any steel slithers
As far as grinding dust the flushing is about the only way to get it out because it is a carbon dust from the grinding wheels
Goggles are a pain in the arse because of them fogging up but they are the BEST protection
I use my welding shield for grinding with tight fitting safety glasses behind it,most welding sheilds have a flip up lense for grinding or chipping slag off after a weld,a weld sheild surrounds your face,under the chin & somewhat around the top of your head & ive found out they work better then most clear face sheilds
ALWAYS think safety in no matter what you are doing,I know a few guys who had the attitude"just git r dunnn!..& didnt take that extra minute or less to be safe & now those guys have to deal with learning to see out of one eye

In my line of work we have a thing called S.T.A.R...
Stop
Think
Act
Reveiw

Stop & think about what you are going to do,safety issues and planning the best way to do it
Think about your surroundings & if you are going to hurt anyone nearby,or even destroy something else in the surrounding area or start a fire while welding or grinding
Act in the situation with a clear & focused mind on what you are doing
Reveiw the whole thing in your mind what you have done & 99% of the time you'll figure out you probably could of done it easier,safer & more sufficeint than you did,next time you do this task you'll be better experienced & know what to do to make it better next time

FIRST thing in ANYTHING you do is..SAFETY,i dont think YOU or your family would really enjoy havin you lose a limb,eye.etc or even have to be at your funeral because you was being a tough guy & just"git r dunn"
09-21-2006 02:31 AM
DrChop Wussies...

Hehehe...

I get stuff in my eyes sometimes. I have a good powerful neodymium magnet stuck to the side of my toolbox. It's about the size of a quarter yet it will lift 30 pounds. Works great for the metal chips/slivers.

Does'nt do anything for the grinding dust off the little cutoff wheels. For that I use a little preventative medicine, and line up what I want to cut, then close my eyes and cut a little bit. I have gotten to the point that 99% of my cuts are dead on the money. Lemme tell you, grinding dust in the eyes is one of the WORST things to have in there, twice as bad as sand....

My plastic-lensed glasses have all kinds of scratches, nicks, and a couple of cutting torch slag pieces embedded in them. All of that stuff got past a full face shield. I have tried the fullface goggles, most times they get steamed up or so covered with garbage that I can't see out of them after 5 minutes...

If you really want to be safe consider the face mask that firefighters use for their airpacks. I am lucky and have a fire dept store close by, there have been times I'll use that and a nomex hood and just run the hose off the mask down inside my sweatshirt collar. Might be worth checking at your local fire department for a mask that is still usable, yet out of date or otherwise past spec for firefighting duties. It's very hard for dirt, rust, or shavings to get past one of those...

Doc
09-21-2006 12:53 AM
grouch I've had to have steel slivers removed from my eyes twice; both times from drilling overhead on a construction job. Those hurt too bad to put off going to the doc. I guess it was due to the ragged edges of the chips from drilling. The first time it happened, reflexes had me rub the eye. Bad move! That just saws more tissue and like Kevin45 said, you nose starts running like crazy. The second time it happened I kept my hands away except to yank off the goggles (company never did provide good ones).

Looks like quite a few folks know what sonicweb has suffered.

Get well soon.
09-20-2006 08:55 PM
powerrodsmike
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Originally Posted by weirdbeard
I am sorry Mike but that is to funny!
Well that ain't the funny part, The day I did that I was hanging a set of doors on a 34 coupe . There was some big C-clamps sticking out from the body at the top of the door.

So I am blind in both eyes and stumbling toward the front of the shop to find help and walked right into one of those clamps. It put a big frikken red bindi on my forehead and knocked the clamp off and the door fell on the ground.

That was funny

mikey
09-20-2006 08:37 PM
weirdbeard
Quote:
Originally Posted by powerrodsmike
One time a peice of gelcoat got under the goggles somehow and in one eye. When I went to pull the goggles off, they slipped out of my hand and snapped back into my other eye. They were covered with grinding dust so that got all jammed into my other eye as well.
I went to the doc in the box and the guy scraped my eyes with a big needle

Later, mikey
I am sorry Mike but that is to funny!
09-20-2006 08:35 PM
ChevyThunder So uhh after reading that I think Im going to start wearing safety stuff more....... Kinda scares me now...
09-20-2006 08:17 PM
powerrodsmike I have gotten more stuff in my eyes with face shields and goggles than I have with plain old glasses. One time a peice of gelcoat got under the goggles somehow and in one eye. When I went to pull the goggles off, they slipped out of my hand and snapped back into my other eye. They were covered with grinding dust so that got all jammed into my other eye as well.
I went to the doc in the box and the guy scraped my eyes with a big needle

I went one time with a sliver of steel right in the center. They dug it out with a tweezer and then used a little round bur on a die grinder to grind out any remains of steel that might have stayed and rusted.

I keep q tips in my shop. When I get junk in my eye I just wet the qtip and swab it around on my eye until it catches the chip or whatever and pulls it off. It works 95% of the time.

One time I went to bed and woke up with a sliver in my eye. I guess it was in my hair.

Later, mikey
09-20-2006 07:51 PM
302 Z28 Good thing is, that once you get the stuff removed the eye is one of the quickest healing parts of the body.

Vince
09-20-2006 07:36 PM
Kevin45 I think what they use is called a drill (same aws a dentist uses) but instead of drilling the eye itself they use a grinding disc to grind and polish the rust out. If you have a piece of metal inj your eye, you have about a day and a half to get it removed before the rust ring sets in and you will have to see an opthamologist to get it taken care of. Not cheap if you have to pay out of your pocket. The bad thing is that everytime I get metal in my eye is when I have my safety flasses on. Mine are Harley-Davidsons safety glasses and they wrap around the sides and cup towards the top and bottom. Nice fitting glasses and confortable, but it seemm a chip will get behind and bounce off the lens and smack into the 'ole eyeball. Of course within five minutes you have managed to embed it further by trying to get it out, and you eyelid is scratched all to pieces along with the nose starting to run like crazy!!!!
09-20-2006 07:14 PM
weirdbeard Yep! Me too! I waited two days and finally went to the doc. The metal was gone but the rusty eyeball had to be drilled out. The lil doc lady said she had never seen such a big guy be such a wimp! I was squirming all over.
09-20-2006 07:01 PM
zonk I had to go to the doctor to get steel out of my eye, he put some type of fluid in then shutoff the lights ,black light so he he could see what he was after, I couldn't believe what it felt like to pull small piece off my cornea.Only use tight goggles when grinding after that.Especially lying down lookingup.If you have to wear safety garments at your work place,, use it at home.
09-20-2006 06:12 PM
Classix_Lover Had the same thing happen to me a while back. Was cutting rotors on the lathe at work without goggles.. I always stood pretty far back though and never looked real close at it while it was making the cut, just stood back and made sure everything was cutting alright. Took a shower that night and my left eye felt a bit irritated but I thought it was just an eyelash bothering me since it does happen alot. Started gettin worse and I looked harder into my eye to see what was wrong and sure enough, a tiny little piece of metal made it into my eye. I managed to pluck it out with some tweezers lol, takes a steady hand and hard to keep your eye open but I managed after a few tries. Although I got the piece out, had to go visit the optimologist to pluck out the rust still in there. It didn't hurt at all though when they took it out and the sooner you get it out, the better because I went right back to work the same day I had them pluck that bastard outta my eye. I wear those ridiculous looking goggles where it basically leaves a mark all around your eyes when you take it off but whatever will keep that crap out is fine with me. I'm really paranoid still about getting crap in my eye.
09-20-2006 06:04 PM
kenseth17 Even with glasses or a shield, metal can find ways around or fall into your eye. A guy I use to work with had to go get a piece of metal that had rusted out of his eye, he said they used a little grinder. Guess you will know when you got something in there. He said he didn't even know he had anything in his eye till the next day. Another guy at work just went to the hospital last week after grinding fiberglass and getting some stuck in his eye. Guess its harder for them to see that when its in your eye. I have contacts so they get irritated in my line of work with all the dust, paint, but been lucky haven't had had anything get in my eye which required a trip to the hospital. I did fall asleep with my contacts in years ago and got pink eye. That was miserable and couldn't wear contacts for a few weeks. That tiny little bottle of drops for your eye, antibotic, was $30. I can only imagine how much it would be now with the way costs and health care is today.
09-20-2006 06:01 PM
Rambo_The_Dog I've been working on cars 30+ years - mostly wore my safety stuff and didn't have any problems.

Twice within a 3 month period last year and wearing a full face shield I managed to get junkin my eye for the first time that required visits to the eye doctor.

I waited only 2 days the first one and after the tonque lashing I got from my eye doctor got the second one done immediately. My doctor said the sooner you get it out the better even if I have to call him in for an emergency visit - he said he'd do it. That should tell you how important it is to not wait!
09-20-2006 05:30 PM
1931 steve I learned the hard way three times. Glad its not three times and your out (or in this case blind) All three times had to have the opthamologist remove the metal. My hearing is paying the price also. So many years in the shop and thinking I'm not hurting myself by not wearing the right protective gear

Steve
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