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(CBC)   "I'd like to take this time to tell everybody out there this time of year with the snow blowers ... never assume that it is OK to stick your hand in the chute of any snowblower"   (cbc.ca) divider line 70
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2013-12-16 03:29:54 PM
I wouldn't assume it's ok to stick your hand in the chute of *anything*...
 
2013-12-16 03:34:08 PM

UberDave: I wouldn't assume it's ok to stick your hand in the chute of *anything*...


Medical professionals and those that ask nicely notwithstanding.
 
2013-12-16 03:59:49 PM
UHIC
 
2013-12-16 04:02:27 PM
"And they thought that the machine was turned off and that it wasn't engaged, but it actually was,"

so this guy is stupid or deaf?
 
2013-12-16 04:04:38 PM

Dirtybird971: "And they thought that the machine was turned off and that it wasn't engaged, but it actually was,"

so this guy is stupid or deaf?


Stupid.  Even if it's off, the blades will rotate once the obstruction is cleared.
 
2013-12-16 04:05:16 PM

UberDave: I wouldn't assume it's ok to stick your hand in the chute of *anything*...


What about a poop chute???
 
2013-12-16 04:07:03 PM
Broom handle.
 
2013-12-16 04:07:14 PM

Guns n' Farkin Roses: UberDave: I wouldn't assume it's ok to stick your hand in the chute of *anything*...

What about a poop chute???


Only if you are  pro or amatur proctologist.
 
2013-12-16 04:08:08 PM
Reminds me of an old racist joke:

Q: What do you get if you cross a gay snowman with a black man?

A: A snowblower that doesn't work.
 
2013-12-16 04:08:27 PM
There goes my plans for next weekend.  On the other hand, woodchippers are probably cheap to rent at this time of the year.
 
2013-12-16 04:08:44 PM
Years ago I was walking with a friend at a college campus and we saw a professor outside of his home.  The professor had a prosthetic with a hook on it and was kind of a douche.  As we walked by we saw him using this metal hook to chip ice buildup from a running snowblower.  My buddy remarked (I think loud enough to be heard) "Gee, some people never learn..."
 
2013-12-16 04:08:46 PM
"I'd like to take this time to tell everybody out there this time of year with the snow blowers ... never assume that it is OK to stick your hand in the chute of any snowblower"

Long scarfs can also be an issue around snowblowers as my friend found out in high school.
 
2013-12-16 04:09:20 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: Reminds me of an old racist joke:

Q: What do you get if you cross a gay snowman with a black man?

A: A snowblower that doesn't work.


I think old racist jokes can just be put on the shelf and left there.   Not really funny.
 
2013-12-16 04:09:35 PM

Guns n' Farkin Roses: UberDave: I wouldn't assume it's ok to stick your hand in the chute of *anything*...

What about a poop chute???


I'd just like to say when my boyfriend puts his hand in my chute it's magical...

Also living in a mid-rise in the city is awesome, central heat and no sidewalk/driveway to clear out!
 
2013-12-16 04:09:54 PM

Sin_City_Superhero [TotalFark]
Reminds me of an old racist joke:

Q: What do you get if you cross a gay snowman with a black man?

A: A snowblower that doesn't work.


Why'd the snowman drop his pants?

he heard the snow blower was coming.
 
2013-12-16 04:10:49 PM

hitmanric: "I'd like to take this time to tell everybody out there this time of year with the snow blowers ... never assume that it is OK to stick your hand in the chute of any snowblower"

Long scarfs can also be an issue around snowblowers as my friend found out in high school.


Isadora Duncan had a similar problem.
 
2013-12-16 04:11:20 PM
I always try to use other people's hands to clear obstructions from dangerous machinery. Who wants to help winterize my lawnmower?
 
2013-12-16 04:16:41 PM
The LULZ. Do it for them.
 
2013-12-16 04:22:18 PM
I'd give this guy a thumbs up for this timely warning but, well, it's not all that timely for me.

/thumbs up for war amps
 
2013-12-16 04:24:08 PM
Handy advice....
 
2013-12-16 04:24:49 PM
I tore my ACL as a teenager and I remember the office visits to the orthopedic surgeon. In the hallway he had three bulletin boards full of Polaroids. One was labeled "Lawnmower", another was "Chainsaw", and the last "Snowblower". They were pictures of mangled hands and feet.

That surgeon made a mint on people being stupid.
 
2013-12-16 04:27:51 PM
Every Year!!!...Every year another idiot buys a snow blower... Just hire one for pete sakes.

i94.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-16 04:32:53 PM
Don't pull a Joe Sakic and put hand in a snow blower. Result is not pretty.
 
2013-12-16 04:42:52 PM

abfalter: Sin_City_Superhero: Reminds me of an old racist joke:

Q: What do you get if you cross a gay snowman with a black man?

A: A snowblower that doesn't work.

I think old racist jokes can just be put on the shelf and left there.   Not really funny.


You can put it by the elf.
 
2013-12-16 04:44:25 PM
www.clarionsafety.com
 
2013-12-16 04:45:52 PM
My dad did this. Luckily he kept all of his digits.
 
2013-12-16 04:48:03 PM

Next week's Tom Sawyer: I tore my ACL as a teenager and I remember the office visits to the orthopedic surgeon. In the hallway he had three bulletin boards full of Polaroids. One was labeled "Lawnmower", another was "Chainsaw", and the last "Snowblower". They were pictures of mangled hands and feet.

That surgeon made a mint on people being stupid.


No pictures of wood chipper accidents, eh? Probably because if it grabs you then you are dead. Seems to happen around here every so often. A kid got pulled in one across the street from my house this summer and they were a professional crew. I think he was using a shovel to clear it. Literally nothing left of him.
 
2013-12-16 04:54:48 PM

omgbears: lso living in a mid-rise in the city is awesome, central heat and no sidewalk/driveway to clear out!


Currently 72 in San Francisco....
 
2013-12-16 04:55:35 PM

vodka


No pictures of wood chipper accidents, eh? Probably because if it grabs you then you are dead. Seems to happen around here every so often. A kid got pulled in one across the street from my house this summer and they were a professional crew. I think he was using a shovel to clear it. Literally nothing left of him.


See, that's what bothers me about the movie 'Fargo'. It shows Peter Stormare's character trying to use a piece of wood to force the remains of Steve Buscemi's character into the wood chipper, when any chipper that size would have pulled in that leg and converted it into mincemeat before you could react. Bloop! Gone.
 
2013-12-16 04:56:26 PM
Uhh, how was his hand still holding the "dead man" switch on the not dead position while his other arm was in the snow blower?

And if he were able to reach, what part of that awkward position would have been a tell tale sign of something not right.
 
2013-12-16 04:59:53 PM
A stop-work order was issued immediately following the incident to ensure the snowblowing equipment was in safe working condition before being used again.


"Gordie, get over there and clean out the bits of nail and finger bones. You've only had 3 beers so far, right?"
 
2013-12-16 05:00:38 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-12-16 05:01:25 PM

Dirtybird971: "And they thought that the machine was turned off and that it wasn't engaged, but it actually was,"

so this guy is stupid or deaf?


I did that 5 years ago.   Neither applies, although deaf is close.

Blower was on the front of the tractor, is operated independently of the engine. Then engine wasn't in the best shape so it was even louder than normal.  I believe the next year I blew a rod and replaced both pistons.

The chute was pointing to the side I was trying to clear >12" of heavy/wet snow when it jammed. I flipped the toggle and went to the side, never went to the front, and stuck my hand in the chute to clear it.   Much to my surprise, I got a clunking sound.

Had I not been at the neighbors house, down the road, I would have grabbed a tool of some sort..  Still have all my fingers, but I rebroke my middle finger in the garage door right when I got the pins out, so after another 8 weeks being pinned, I have a forever 'fark you' salute.
 
2013-12-16 05:02:19 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: See, that's what bothers me about the movie 'Fargo'. It shows Peter Stormare's character trying to use a piece of wood to force the remains of Steve Buscemi's character into the wood chipper, when any chipper that size would have pulled in that leg and converted it into mincemeat before you could react. Bloop! Gone.


The wood chipper was old and not functioning that well, obviously.
 
2013-12-16 05:04:21 PM

tshauk: Every Year!!!...Every year another idiot buys a snow blower... Just hire one for pete sakes.

[i94.photobucket.com image 850x637]


s13.postimg.org

"Hey, laser lips, your mama was a snow blower!"
 
2013-12-16 05:07:56 PM
This is my favorite warning label

img.fark.net
 
2013-12-16 05:12:30 PM
And they thought that the machine was turned off and that it wasn't engaged, but it actually was

How farking stupid is this person? How do you know?
 
2013-12-16 05:17:14 PM
"I'd like to take this time to tell everybody out there this time of year with the snow blowers ... never assume that it is OK to stick your hand in the chute of any snowblower"

No, no, no!

Please do! It's counter-productive to stand in the way of natural selection.
 
2013-12-16 05:25:59 PM
I ate a plugged in extension chord with mine the other day, so I'm getting a jolt...

/ya rly, except the jolt part.
 
2013-12-16 05:33:00 PM
v8 snowblower?


elsmar.com
 
2013-12-16 05:43:00 PM

Bondith: I'd give this guy a thumbs up for this timely warning but, well, it's not all that timely for me.

/thumbs up for war amps


You lost a limb overseas clearing a snowblower in Afghanistan? What?
 
2013-12-16 05:47:44 PM

Gyrfalcon: Bondith: I'd give this guy a thumbs up for this timely warning but, well, it's not all that timely for me.

/thumbs up for war amps

You lost a limb overseas clearing a snowblower in Afghanistan? What?


Nah, just making stupid jokes and mixing in a different stupid joke.

I was implying I'd already had a snowblower-related mangling, and therefore couldn't give a thumbs-up 'cause my thumb was gone.

The slashy was something completely different: hold your fist out like you're giving a thumbs up, but keep your thumb tucked into your palm and announce "thumbs up for war amps!"  Window seat, BTW.
 
2013-12-16 05:47:46 PM
FTFA:A stop-work order was issued immediately following the incident to ensure the snowblowing equipment was in safe working condition adequately hosed off before being used again.
 
2013-12-16 05:51:43 PM

Mr.Hawk: My dad did this. Luckily he kept all of his digits.


my uncle did it as well but lost the top of his middle finger. he didn't realize that although it was stopped and he had turned it off that the blades had stored up the kinetic energy and the moment it was loosens up it jerked and sliced off the tip. he considered himself lucky
 
2013-12-16 06:07:34 PM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: Uhh, how was his hand still holding the "dead man" switch on the not dead position while his other arm was in the snow blower?

And if he were able to reach, what part of that awkward position would have been a tell tale sign of something not right.


So, the problem with snowblowers is that when it hits an obstruction, the auger that moves the snow can deform, storing energy like a spring. If that happens, even if you released the deadman switch, switched it off, and unplugged it, the blades will still snap back into place once the obstruction is removed.

Just don't reach into a snowblower. Period.
 
2013-12-16 06:09:46 PM
Also, don't stick your dick in the pickle slicer.

/you'll both get fired
 
2013-12-16 06:23:57 PM
never assume that it is OK to stick your hand in the chute of any snowblower

...without sticking your head in first to make sure you can see what you are doing.
 
2013-12-16 06:32:53 PM
Always treat the snow blower like it's working.
 
2013-12-16 06:33:55 PM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: Uhh, how was his hand still holding the "dead man" switch on the not dead position while his other arm was in the snow blower?


From the related story, it involved a tractor-run snowblower.
 
2013-12-16 06:34:49 PM

abhorrent1: And they thought that the machine was turned off and that it wasn't engaged, but it actually was

How farking stupid is this person? How do you know?


It's Prince Edward Island.  The only surprising part of this story is that he didn't try to clear it with his face.
 
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