Bee, about 50mph. I was amazed at how fast I managed to stop and get my helmet off. Wasn't stung, just very loudly buzzed. One of my brothers head butted the guts out a pheasant at 80mph. The wonders of full face helmets...Yeah, I didn't want to go there. You can do worse. Try catching a live bug in your ear canal at 60mph while driving a motorcycle with a brain bucket half helmet.
Reminds me of the tool that scared me the most. Take one of these:I ran an alluminum oxide cut off wheel in my high speed grinder today, and learned a new threat safety glasses and clothes don't cover... .
One time when putting up hay my father was handing a pitchfork down from the barn loft with the pointy end down, ( a big no, no). He thought the neighbor boy of 12 years old had hold of the prongs but didn't and let go of the pitchfork, a prong went thru the boys leg below the hip and out the back side. His father told him to not move and ran to the house and got a bottle of turpentine and pulled the prong out and turned the bottle of turpentine over the hole and held it for several minuts. Did a lot of hollowing, but the next day he was walking like it never happen.Pops, our families must be related. If the limb is still attached and duct tape stops the bloodflow, GET BACK TO WORK!
Ya'll heard of bailing wire? Well, that was exactly what it was used for...the cutter that cut the end would leave it as sharp as a razor, and I have the scars to prove it. Cutting hay is one thing I don't do anymore...the local guys cut and bail it for me, lots easier on the body.
We ended up with the only Retractable gear Dart ever built ('38 model, prototype before the LCA and LFA models) and I was working on a gear retract mechanism, chain driven and managed to catch my fingertip in the chain/sprocket junction, peeling off the fingertip. My father calmly handed me a jar of isopropyl alcohol, I poured it over the finger, grabbed a bandaid, flipped the remains of the fingertip back up and taped it in place. Can't ever commit a crime, no problem to trace that fingertip! Worst part was having to keep working...the throbbing distracted me. The School nurse took one look at it the next morning and just about screamed. If OSHA had existed then......!
Learned alot, tho, especially about keeping fingers out of danger areas. Did manage to shove a screwdriver thru my left hand one afternoon while tinkering on a friend's Taylorcraft. Bit of alcohol, pulled the screwdriver out and iced it down. One trick is to keep all tools as sharp as possible, it actually hurts less....sort of like getting cut when a piece of AL gets away from you while cutting it. Aluminum will cut faster and deeper than a razor....
All of my projects seem to need a little blood. The job is not finished until there is some blood. I'm also to the point of going ahead and sticking myself somewhere before I go to work. That way I can control where the blood is going to come from. Also, I've found that Masking tape works better than band aids.
Also to Pops: What was your Grandfather's name? We may be related....