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Old 04-20-2020, 06:09 AM
thiggins thiggins is offline
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Location: Saluda,NC
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Ouch !

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Old 04-20-2020, 06:29 AM
Joeyo68 Joeyo68 is offline
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Location: Frankston, Victoria, Australia
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Default Took some bark off the top of my head a couple of days ago

Was running wires down to fuselage on the weekend, on my way out, forgot about the end of the slider centre rail and took a gouge out of the top of my head. After cursing and pressure to stop the bleeding, wrapped the end of the rail up in a rag and tape. Much safer now
Flying friends RV7ís
Built RV7 empennage.
Wings done
Fuselage mostly done.
Working FWF now.
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Old 04-20-2020, 07:18 AM
AdamB AdamB is offline
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Fremont, NH
Posts: 280

Welcome to the club.
I also drilled into my index finger.

My brilliant move included providing pressure from the inside as well just to get it started, then move finger and finish the drill.
Many holes prior it seemed to take quite a bit to get through the material, and was working well... I had no intention of actually drilling through until that one hole... Doh!
RV10 - #41687
N56AB Reserved
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Old 04-20-2020, 08:30 AM
Allan Stern Allan Stern is offline
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Cape Coral, Florida
Posts: 297
Angry Accidents

The building of an experimental airplane requires a blood sacrifice of some degree to appease the aviation Gods. From a slice to a drill bit through a finger to something more. We all have our stories.

RV 14A flying Phase 1
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Old 04-20-2020, 08:58 AM
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Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Vaca Moo Airport - TA37 in East TEXAS
Posts: 1,505

Glad you're ok, could have been worse. Also thanks because I thought I got cut working on mine because I didn't know what I was doing. I guess it's a normal thing then
Sadly sold my RV-8 however still trying to enjoy life by living on my airport with FREE campsites for pilots to enjoy & flying my OnSpeed equipped C-177 while waiting for the RV15 !

Exempt by 3 out of the 10 ways but I still donated.
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Old 04-20-2020, 09:11 AM
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Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Southern Michigan
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I learned after my first mishap with drill and finger to use a scrap piece of wood as a holder/backer instead of my finger. Yesterday I was in the hanger and on the 6' ladder to put a big box containing my RV-9A interior up on a high shelf. I was up on the last step before the top and lost my balance. I fell on my wing cradle, right between the two wings thankfully, and an upright 2X4 caught me where no man ever wants to be injured. A good amount pain and some blood, but it could have been worse. I should have been on an 8' ladder.
David C.
Howell, MI
RV-10: #41686 Under Construction
RV-9A: #90949 Under Construction
RV-10: #40637 Completed/Sold 2016
Cozy MKIV:#656 Completed/Sold 2007
"Donor Exempt" but donated through Dec. 2021
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Old 04-20-2020, 09:18 AM
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DanH DanH is offline
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: 08A
Posts: 10,356

I was working in front of a 6" wire wheel, on a stand mounted bench grinder. One single wire flew up and stuck itself squarely in the end of my nose, sticking straight out like an arrow. I felt the impact, then stood there for a moment, extremely cross-eyed, trying to determine what the blurry thing might be.

Good case for eye protection.
Dan Horton
Barrett IO-390
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Old 04-20-2020, 11:56 AM
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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Danville, IN (West of Indy)
Posts: 199
Default Safety Glasses Aren't Perfect

I was using a combo belt/disc sander on a bench. I think I was cleaning up the end of a piece of angle that I had cut on the band saw. I swear I saw that chip the whole way, in slow motion. Off the sander, bouncing off the table, up UNDER my safety glasses and into my right eye.

Managed to drive myself to urgent care, where they flushed out my eye. Said they could see some scaring on my cornea, but have never had an issues with vision before or since.

Stay safe builders!
Danville, IN

RV-7A Canopy/Finishing
N317PU Reserved
2020 Dues paid (February 2020)
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Old 04-20-2020, 12:19 PM
AlpineYoda AlpineYoda is offline
Join Date: Nov 2019
Location: Boulder, CO
Posts: 331

It sounds like I am in good company!
RV-10 build blog --
Started 12/19/2019
Engine hung 1/9/2021
Panel hopefully coming fall 2021

N1814T reserved with FAA
Donated Jan 11 for 2021, EAA and AOPA member
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Old 04-20-2020, 12:33 PM
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Champ Champ is offline
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Location: Kingsville, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 370

Got to close to the disc on my belt/disc sander reaching for something. Sanded off a bit of my inside forearm. Still have the scar to remind me. Also a friend nearly cut off a finger (18 stitches) getting careless cutting fabric with her sewing disc cutter. I used one a lot cutting fibreglass for layups on the RV. Be careful with them to.
Dennis Enns
Bellanca Champ 7ACA since 1986, restored 1990.
RV-8 IO375, MTV-9-B/183-50a, PMags, OW Award Oshkosh 2017
2021 Donation In
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