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Author Topic: Types of injuries while working, driving or using your bus?  (Read 3498 times)
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« on: January 22, 2009, 08:35:06 AM »

I would like to get some idea of the types of injuries sustained while working on your bus. I would also be interested in the types of injuries or illnesses you have encountered while using your bus (accidents, camping....). Stories are always good! I am considering using some of this information to publish a simple treatment guide (article) for all us busnuts!

Thank you very much for your help! Grin

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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2009, 08:57:18 AM »

This could be a painfull subject for many of us lol. My injures have all been minor, I've rapped my head repeatedly on the top of the doorframe, various boo boo's, my most interesting one was last summer while installing one of the new windows I stepped back to admire my work, yep you guessed it, lol.  The most painfull part of the conversion is the same for me as many others, when i have to open my wallet.
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2009, 09:18:08 AM »

Both mirrors on my bus are set low (5' 6" maybe) Shouldn't be a problem as I'm 6'2".  Still I have twice been crouching to pick something up, and stood up and smacked the top of my head, one time so hard I fell right onto my @$# and almost passed out....ahhh the memories...are fading.
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2009, 09:22:53 AM »

I'll just say I have a few new fingernails, a scar on the top of head and have had to figure out how to get off of the roof on my own after the tarp I was using to cover the bus (while filling in windows) caught the ladder and knocked it over. Glad nobody was there to see me.
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2009, 09:54:29 AM »

I have woken up in the morning with a head ache at times from drinking too much beer the night before in the bus. Being a bus nut can be hazardous...

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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2009, 10:41:29 AM »

I have taken a head first fall when my ladder slipped, tangled with the ladder and brought the whole mess down on top of me.

Gashes, cuts & bruises.. Needless to say that running into MCI mirrors can be a problem. Raising up and planting the bottom bolt into the skull happens. After the 4th time I figured it out.. beware of mirrors...

Wrenched hands that ache and don't work anymore. Bay door cables that break when you least expect it and doors slamming down... Lucky I was faster and I knew better than try to catch that one.

Working on air conditioner and slipping on the roof while trying not to fall on the solar panels... Those split second decisions can really hurt.

Dropping an MCI fan housing panel on your head..
Finding that Wasp's like to build nests in your bay door handles...Whew That is fun...

Hot metal slag doing a dance right into your shoes (every single time!!!)...
Grinding wheels exploding...( DUH? )...

No job is done properly until you have bled on it several times...

Kevlar arm sleeves are handy.. mainly to sop up the blood...

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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2009, 01:48:42 PM »

Great answers everyone.  Nothing to add to the normal; expected minor cuts, bumps, bruises, burns, muscle strains, hangovers and busted wallets and smiles.

Most of my misadventures (?) have been Mother Nature oriented, likes bugs, wasps, mice, pack rats, snakes, skunks (after the mice?) lightning strikes, etc.. HB of CJ
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2009, 01:59:54 PM »

After raising the roof on our bus I was welding the post back in and fell through the (no floor) into the bay and broke two ribs.
The floor wasn't in the bus only walk boards.  I turned and stepped off the walk board.  As I was headed for the bay one of the steel floor supports tried to stop me.  It only slowed me down but broke the two ribs.  After a trip to the Dr. I had to take off a few days. 
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2009, 03:19:58 PM »

Yea, I have one..

Don't construct your wardrobe too low and too close to your bed. It took me 2 whopping head splits with blood and all to find that out...

I now have padded corners and havn't hit my head since.

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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2009, 04:10:25 PM »

the only accidents I have had (twice) is the Aqua-Hot exhaust burning my leg 


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« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2009, 04:25:05 PM »

It all sounds so familiar
Good to hear I’m not the only one who cut my head open on the mirrors.
Standing on the ladder to long taking out the windows I pulled an Achilles tendon.
While walking on the roof (washing) I slipped and landed on the ground on my hip.
 
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« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2009, 07:31:40 PM »

A screw (driver) bit that went THRU the hand is not a good feeling at all!

Those zip-dee awning arms are low enough that when you hit your head ONCE you won't want to do it again. That's why the NEW slider bars that raise them up are ordered!

That's only a couple I remember off the top of my sore head!

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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2009, 08:30:59 PM »

Funny to hear how many people have hit their heads on MCI mirrors, funny because I did it today, and hard, on a F3500 mirror, still feeling it.

Also, blew out my knee lifting once, lifting with my knees!

Spray-foamed my fingers together while insulating a Sprinter bus, didn't realize the glove had melted away.  "aw, I'll keep going, who cares if glove fingers are stuck together!".  Took 4 hours a razor blade, and a racing heart to get them apart.

Had a MCI engine shutdown piston go through my thumb once, I'll use a stick next time.  That was the last time I ever put any part of me "inside the belt"!

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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2009, 10:33:41 PM »

The repeated shock to my wrists when using the 4 foot fence post to break free the wheel fasteners on the parts bus... Hang, Bounce, BANG..... that was me done for the day and it took a week before wrist movement went unnoticed.

Fellows, (hard to find women who fall off ladders for some reason...) get some scaffold pieces!!! Takes a little longer to set up, but a whole lot harder to fall off!

Put a traffic cone at each front corner of the bus...right under those #$$%^#% mirrors!

happy coaching!
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« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2009, 10:43:47 PM »

Up and beyond discovering I had cut myself when I noticed the blood dripping off my arm or leg (seem not to have much pain perception when working), the worst was getting Salmonella poisoning while at Zion (nothing to do with Zion).  Had a bad bunch of packaged baby carrots.  The two days we were there at Zion was spent inside the bus within close walking distance of the toilet.  With that convenience, I often wondered what tent campers do when they get sick?  Good Luck, TomC
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« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2009, 11:13:50 PM »

Well of course the usual bumps, scrapes, cuts, and bruises! Banged head, twisted ankle, blowed out knees, out of socket shoulder, severely whacked the "funny bone" (not to darn funny either!), and ........
Well of course BUSTED KNUCKLES! LOL!
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« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2009, 05:42:07 AM »

    As others have mentioned, mostly minor cuts, bruises and an occasional burn when grinding, cutting and welding (reminder to self: Self, if you smell smoke while welding, stop IMMEDIATELY and check clothing)  Also a few strained muscles from thinking I am still in my twenties (NOT!!).  Jack 
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« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2009, 06:28:16 AM »

This is a good starting list. How about some humorus injury stories??? What about anything that worries you or you would like to have some basic information about?

I would also be interested in the types of injuries or illnesses encountered while traveling and staying at various places... anything?

Thanks

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« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2009, 12:54:07 PM »

Here's one that could have been easily avoided and wasn't that funny to me at the time. In a Setra there is a fresh water tank, for the galley, mounted at the rear behind the lavatory. The bottom bracket is bolted on, no problem there. However the upper bracket is welded on before the rear of the bus is skinned, therefore the welds are on the back side of said bracket. It was very difficult to get a die grinder to the weld on the right side, and nigh impossible to get it to the left side.

So like any other industrious busnut I cut the weld I could reach and started work hardening the weld on the other side so I could get it to break loose, still no problem. Well, this wasn't going as fast as I would like, so like a good busnut I went and got a crowbar to stick in the end of the tubing so I could apply more force. So picture if you will a busnut with one foot propped against the back wall of the bus pulling with all of his might, everyone knows what has to happen next.

The weld on the left side failed catastrophically, well, at least from my point of view. It really wouldn't have been that bad, if a certain busnut hadn't removed some of the floor panels  Embarrassed So imagine if you will a busnut holding a crowbar with a bracket attached to it, stumbling backwards trying to avoid stepping in the voids left by his own stupidity. Well needless to say I was unable to avoid all of the holes, so take the picture of a guy stumbling backwards and add to it the same guy putting one foot into a gaping chasm of his own making... OUCH.

After a few minutes of contemplating whether I should get up, or hit myself in the head with the crowbar in my right hand to finish myself off. I decided on the more challenging course of action, hence you are able to be entertained by my pain and suffering. It took a loooooong time for the bruising on the uppermost portion of my right leg Wink to fade, and a couple of months before I could sit comfortably.

What can we learn from these misadventures? Probably nothing, but I'm very good at putting the floor panels back in when I no longer need access Smiley 
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« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2009, 01:19:39 PM »

That deserves to be put in BCM and maybe a medal of some sort! Wink

Wow that made my lower extremities tremble..... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2009, 01:35:42 PM »

No real injuries besides the usual cut and bruises and smashed fingers.  I sure have hurt my pride a few times though.
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« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2009, 04:38:53 PM »

To my shame I managed a doozie.

I slipped just a fraction with an angle grinder and cut my right wrist to just near the bone cutting the nerve,muscles and all of the flexor tendons but I missed the artery. I ended up in reconstructive surgery at midnight lasting two hours for repair after a four hour wait with no pain meds. I got a neat cast on my arm and a really huge medical bill which is more than the entire bus cost me thus far.
After working with tools for 35 plus years I finally managed to really hurt myself.

Yes, I have recovered and have most of the sensation back as well as most function but it's still stiff and painful at times but I'm very paranoid now and careful. Live and learn but I'm not hanging up my tools.
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« Reply #22 on: January 23, 2009, 06:45:57 PM »

Should you not take great care in blocking the body, it will and has come down on some people. If you do not block the wheels of a 4104 that still has the FCC air brake that works then when the air goes down the brakes come off and it can roll, that has happend to a lot of people.I have seen jacks under the wheel side of an axle, wheel off and just the jack?? You need to block the axle.
These greyhounds are not something to take lightly, they are very dangerous to work on and breed of there own. I have had a 4104 for many years now I have to start all over again to learn the 9.

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« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2009, 07:23:35 AM »

Good stories, keep them coming! I am sure that a few of you can provide some humor yet serious stories as well!

Thanks

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« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2009, 09:00:10 AM »

While working on my roof to add panels, antennas etc, I have a step ladder that I lean up against the side of the access hole.  The ladder is just slightly taller than the ceiling in the bus, but can still lean at a small angle.  While standing on the roof, headed down, I had just put both feet on the ladder when the ladder slipped and was no longer tall enough to be leaning on the inside of the access hole.

I generally have pretty quick reflexes, but before I could blink, bam, I was on the floor of the bus.  Very sore shoulder and side where my arm and ribs had interfered with my sudden drop.  Scrapes and nasty bruises on my legs where the ladder had entwined itself around my legs as I dropped.  I don't know how I didn't break something.  Bruised ego too. That lesson has stayed with me for a while.  I haven't even needed to repeat it as sometimes I need to for other dumb things....
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« Reply #25 on: February 16, 2009, 05:25:03 PM »

When i was putting new skin on the sides i put a broken drill bit into the hand!!ouch, i was drilling a hole for 1/4 rivet,drill bit broke and threw the drill to the left where my hand was and this whole time i was pushing hard to drill the hole!!
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