This is what happens when a spinning driveshaft hits me in t

Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:43 am

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U joint to the eye and 3 stitches later I'm alright. My eye is fine. No scratches. I was EXTREMELY lucky, especially considering I wasn't wearing safety glasses like I usually do and should have been.

Lessons learned...

1. wear safety glasses even for the simple jobs you've done a million times

2. don't rush a job

3. when the vehicle is running to charge the battery and you're working on unbolting the rear driveshaft, don't let your inexperienced helper near the shifter, especially when your brake pedal sensor is disconnected

I blame myself for telling my buddy to go near the shifter for something but luckily I got a glancing blow as I was trying to escape and he caught what he did and put the jeep in neutral.

Thank GOD.

Re: This is what happens when a spinning driveshaft hits me in t

Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:25 am

Wow first of all let me say you sure are lucky it was not a lot more serious. But I have to say I think you missed the most important number 1 NEVER get under a running vehicle at all. Take a few $$$$ and go invest in a inexpensive battery charger. Be safe.

Re: This is what happens when a spinning driveshaft hits me in t

Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:29 pm

Rough way to learn a lesson, but I am sure glad it was no worse.

Re: This is what happens when a spinning driveshaft hits me in t

Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:37 pm

Josh, you are very lucky it didn't turn out worse. Someone could be posting your obituary!! I commend you for posting this as it takes a man to admit his mistakes.
Chalk this one up as lesson learned and don't get under a running vehicle anymore!! Have fun but be safe!! :D

So, did you finish the project you started on the Jeep??

Re: This is what happens when a spinning driveshaft hits me in t

Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:03 pm

Josh, Man oh man! So glad your eyeball missed the fight. That could have been disastrous. You're too darn young to wear a patch. :shock:
Be careful friend. :)

Re: This is what happens when a spinning driveshaft hits me in t

Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:43 pm

Yikes! You have a good guardian angel. Safety glasses are good, but in that situation you need an air bag too.

Re: This is what happens when a spinning driveshaft hits me in t

Thu Apr 09, 2009 3:22 pm

Lucky you still have a face and eyes.

Re: This is what happens when a spinning driveshaft hits me in t

Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:45 pm

Ya I know I'm a lucky one,

And yes, the Jeep is back together and running fine.

Re: This is what happens when a spinning driveshaft hits me in t

Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:58 am

Excellent on the Jeep.

My favorite safety story is when a 4 year old girl wanted to go in my garage I said 'it's dangerous' (tractor parts, tractors, tools, junk, etc, etc) and being a very bright little girl she said 'what's dangerous?' I said everything can be dangerous, so be careful and pay attention to what is around you all the time. She navigated the garage with great care. I was impressed, cause it's hard to get around my garage. But she took the point well and hopefully it will come in handy for her later on.

It gets much harder when other people are involved and you are trying to get it done. But I bet you will look at every project a little differently from now on and the good thing is you can do it with two eyes.

Re: This is what happens when a spinning driveshaft hits me in t

Sun Apr 12, 2009 1:20 pm

Josh:

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Screwstick wrote:Josh, you are very lucky it didn't turn out worse. Someone could be posting your obituary!! I commend you for posting this as it takes a man to admit his mistakes.


And good advice you give as well, especially since it was learned the hard way :!: Substitute tractor for vehicle and it applies to all of us :idea: :arrow: :!:

joshs1ofakindxj wrote:1. wear safety glasses even for the simple jobs you've done a million times

2. don't rush a job

3. when the vehicle is running to charge the battery and you're working on unbolting the rear driveshaft, don't let your inexperienced helper near the shifter, especially when your brake pedal sensor is disconnected.

Re: This is what happens when a spinning driveshaft hits me in t

Sun Apr 12, 2009 3:52 pm

You can get some unexpected surprises at times. My 2 1/2 year old daughter went outside with me to work on my old Citation. Since I was close to the street, I put her inside to play while I fixed muffler bracket. Keys were in my pocket and parking brake set. Hatch and windows were open so she could see me if she wanted. As I lay on the ground under the rear of the car (still on wheels, not jacks), I hear this little voice say it works, it works!!! I think, that's cute, but my next thought is I better see what works. This was an old Contel fleet car I had bought, and still had the fire extinguisher mounted in it. She had partly unscrewed the gauge and could hear it hissing. Live and learn.

Re: This is what happens when a spinning driveshaft hits me in t

Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:31 am

Holy Cow you are one realy lucky dude. My cusin lost a big toe on a sickel moer and my budys dad screwed up his ar on a corn choper. How long did you wait to relise you need to go to the hospital?
Thanks for posting with pics. It makes us all a little more causious around our macines. Kind of helps drive it home. Its not the machines that are dangrous its us, the operators.

Re: This is what happens when a spinning driveshaft hits me in t

Fri Apr 17, 2009 4:39 am

This accident just happened this week and it fits in with how lucky you were not that you don't already know. I am sure baseball fans will recognize who this guy was.http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9462 ... t?MSNHPHMA