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The title of the video is “Welding Accident” — which I’m guessing is what people who don’t know what things are call anything with a hose that shoots sparks — but what this turns out to be is a cutting torch no-no.

The worker, sitting astride a large diameter pipe that’s held down on one end by a digger shovel, proceeds to Looney Tunes himself a cut. Of course, when the pipe is free to move, it does so, pitching him off and popping all that stored energy in one quick snap, which I’m sure sounded great as the guy hurled through the air.

Not really a smart play here. Know your loads, know the stress, and plan ahead.

Welding Accident [YouTube]

 

3 Responses to Cutting Torches: Think

  1. and always have a video camera set up, just in case.

  2. Ambush27 says:

    That must have been groaning a he’ll of a lot when he was cutting it. Seriously though it’s probably nearly impossible to completely unload that, I think the key is not to sit on it when finishing the cut.

  3. Cameron Watt says:

    One of the first things I was taught about salvage burning was to make the last cut with the torch held at arm’s length when cutting anything suspected of being under tension.

    I’ve had a similar experience but, because of that bit of good advice, only had the torch knocked out of my hand; it was still a brown trousers moment.

    This type of hazard, though not so explosive also exists when bucking logs when its balance shifts from cutting off a length; blown-down trees that are still attached to their roots are especially dangerous; the stump can stand up again when freed from the weight of the trunk.

    @Ambush27: I’ve never personally had anything under tension groan while cutting; things have just gone bang when the remaining material couldn’t handle the tension.

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