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    A pin boy friend of mine put a pic in my bowling bag the other day and it kinda botherd me....it was a pic of a rake sweek hook through some ones hand...I don't know how old this pic is and where he got it from but it happend....and it reminded me of all the times I worked on a machine while it was running...oh..and he is one who was cleaning cross conveyer belts ...caught his finger in it and cut one finger and broke another...I have so far never been hurt real bad..(turned my ankle while jumping onto a lane half of foot on pin deck and the other half in flat gutter) ....I just want to remind people once more about safty...if I can find out where he got the pic from I will let you all know..that is if ya can stand it...but anyway...try to cut the thing off before working on it...and I hope soon I will share some pics to you guys on how health and safety has made my job hell...take care people and be safe

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    Jordan:
    A mechanic here in the midwest was nearly killed two weeks ago, got caught by the neck between the deck lift shaft and rake tubes. Outcome still not certain. Its summized he slipped from light bar, while observing the ball acc. Just cannot be to aware, while on a running pinsetter.
    Roscoe
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    • #3
      Re: safety

      !I was doing some service work in a center in Brooklyn NY on 82-70's and alot of the BE moters had bad switches and in stead of replacing them the Mech. tought them to "jump start" the moters from the belt that drives the pit and the ball lift. One night one of the pinchasers started the moter from the wrong side of the pulley and it sucked his hand in and to top that off the pulley had a piece missing out of the side of it(cracked) and it cut his finger off! Saftey allways comes first! If there is anything you stress to your staff make it saftey first!!!!!!!

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      • #4
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        WELL I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON A-2'S ABOUT 4 MONTHS NOW. LAST NIGHT THEY CALLED A BLACKOUT LANE 24 THE END LANE SO I WENT DOWN THERE WENT TO THE SIDE OF THE MACHINE AND SAW THAT THE TURRET WAS JAMMED BUT I DIDN'T NOTICE THE MACHINE WAS IN A 180 AND I DIDN'T TURN THE BREAKER OFF FIRST(THAT WAS A STUPID THING)SO I STUCK MY HAND IN FROM THE SIDE PULLED THE PIN OUT AND THE TURRET INDEXED AND THE RAKE CAME OUT OUT TO THE GUARD POSITION WITH MY ARM STUCK BETWEEN THE FRAME AND THE RAKE SHAFT ASSY LEG. I WAS VERY LUCKY THAT THERE WAS SOMEONE ELSE IN THE BACK THAT I COULD YELL TO AND GET HELP. DIDN'T BREAK MY ARM JUST BRUISED IT VERY BADLY. I WILL NEVER GO NEAR A MACHINE THATS BLACK OUT AGAIN WITH OUT FIRST TURNING THE BREAKER OFF.

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        • #5
          Re: safety

          Which Brings another point in about the thread "Radios vs PA Systems" Radios are 200% safer than a PA system. Luckily just gettin nailed with a sweep yesterday is the worst that has happend to me in my year at my center. Alot has to do with logic ya know, like this one mech who oiled the suicide bars on his half of the house. Talk about suicide, oh well hopefully he will have his own center soon!

          deadwood

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          • #6
            Re: safety

            A number of years ago, at the lower half of the totem pole, I get a call about a blackout on a lane (A2s) Just so happens the head mech (my boss) and one of our off-duty pinchasers (my trainer) were bowling on that pair at the time. I get to the machine, and figure out the light has just burned out. So, I go fetch another tube quicklike, then get back to the machine. I shut it off in back, and climb in and proceed to change this thing out. Quick and easy. Imagine my suprise when the light comes on and the deck starts moving as soon as I get it in place! I jumped straight up (White men ~can~ jump!) and landed square on top of the pinlight, and watched the machine finish cycling whilst inspecting my drawers for damage or foreign materials..... I get on the top of the machine, the other on duty pinchaser is nowhere around, but my boss is hauling butt in serious fashion to see just what the #@(& was going on back there... Apparantly the other pinchaser (new kid) noticed the machine off, checked it out, saw the switch off... hmm... simple fix, turned it on and walked away. Long gone by the time I got out of there...

            Moral? If I'm inside a machine where I can't be seen from the back, or gonna be spending any time underneath it, the MAIN breaker's off. And the power cord's pulled. IF anyone else were to restart the thing, it would be nearly impossible for one of us to not notice the other.

            Could have been really bad. Luckily it wasn't. But it's a ~real~ lesson learned.

            'nother time I had a deck drop off the hook in a disaster deckjam... landed half an inch from my toes, and bounced a few times... scared the holy living you-know-what out of me...

            Lessons learned the easy way... Be careful!
            Oldsmagnet -- Sidney MT

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            • #7
              Re: safety

              Deadwood,
              Just what were you doing inside a machine with it on, to get nailed by a sweep?
              Give me a hammer and some duct tape and I can fix it!

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