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    Fatal injury

    A Yale student dies using a metal lathe.. Correction it says wood lathe in the body of the article as Bill points out.

    http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/20...try-laborator/
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    WOW she got he hair caught in the lathe. That would not be the way to go.
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    That's terrible. I'd forgotten, but I have a cousin who got her hair caught in a lathe in high school shop. She lost a clump of hair and had a bald spot on her head about the size of an apricot which was later fixed.....but this girl at Yale must have had an awful accident. OMG
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    Very tragic and a horrible way to die.
    It is obvious she was not following basic safety procedures and probably did not have proper training on the lathe.
    Very sad.
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    Very sad news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Very tragic and a horrible way to die.
    It is obvious she was not following basic safety procedures and probably did not have proper training on the lathe.
    Very sad.
    I suspect she had the training, but made a mistake. We all make them, hers turned out awful. I also suspect there will be a lot of finger pointing, and new emphasis on safety. It seems she was alone in the shop, that is one of the worst safety issues but one most of us home woodworkers don't have a choice about.

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    My heart goes out to her family and friends. We sometimes forget that the tools we use can kill us.

    If you want to see evidence of the destruction a lathe is capable of, do a Google image search for "lathe accident". Be forewarned you will find very gory photos. (Search at your own risk...don't say you haven't been warned.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garry Foster View Post
    I suspect she had the training, but made a mistake. We all make them, hers turned out awful.
    Garry,

    I think you're right. The article says it was a wood lathe, not a metal lathe. The article also points out that no-one is allowed to use the shop until a shop course is passed.

    What a tragic story, and a sad end to a promising life. We all constantly make mistakes in the shop. I certainly know it's only luck that I haven't yet had to pay for mine. My thoughts go out to her friends and family.

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    When these things happen, is it because something gets caught in the chuck? or on the spindle? Is there such a thing as a chuck guard?
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    The article suggested her hair got caught.

    Another good reminder not to wear loose clothing or unrestrained hair around power tools...

    My heart goes out to her family. Such a tragedy.
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