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"I know a railwayman of 40-odd years' service," says Juan Quar, "and he tells me a new gruesome yarn each time we meet. Last week's was of checking the time on the wristwatch of a severed arm he'd just collected after a track fatality."

Tell us the horrible stories you tease the new hires with, or that you've been told.
NB By definition, these are probably all made up. Roll with it

(, Thu 5 Sep 2013, 17:33)
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Don't sit on chemical drums
I worked in a PCB plating factory for years. One of the production lines used fluorine-based chemistry of some sort (I forget what exactly) to etch off the patterns of circuits on PCBs.

Now, apparently, a new batch of this chemistry was being made up by the chemical company rep and one of our technicians. There are dozens of drum of chemicals being added into the production line - all very heavy hard work.

Chem Co rep, tired, takes a short sit down break on one of the empty drums.
He feels his arse dampen, then itch.
He stands up, and sees that the top of the barrel is wet with the dreaded fluorine-based etchant.

Fluorine compounds can be quite insidious and nasty, as many a chemist will tell you. As it was explained to me, the fluorine ion is small, and can pass through cell membranes without much fuss. It'll move through flesh without damaging it very much, cause it's not too interested in reacting with organic stuff.

Calcium, however, it loves. It'll chew through the calcium in bones, turning them rubbery and floppy.

So Chem Co rep had to be rushed to hospital, and have the flesh of his buttocks cut away to halt the spread of the fluorine to his pelvis.

(, Sat 7 Sep 2013, 13:49, 17 replies)

(, Sat 7 Sep 2013, 13:55, closed)
I have worked in environments that use HF - Hydrofluoric Acid
And I have stayed well clear of the stuff.

Apparently, if you get even the smallest splash, you have to strip off, rub a special neutralising lotion and then get to A&E.

There was a glass etching factory in Wales that used it. Apparently they had to use Platinum pipes to distribute it because, as you say, it is SO vigorously reactive.
(, Sat 7 Sep 2013, 14:04, closed)
Plastic pipes work just as well and are a hell of a lot cheaper.
(, Sat 7 Sep 2013, 14:55, closed)
I thought that
There was definitely Platinum on site, though I suspected that the pipework bit was a tall tale that the operators would tell the contractors for a laugh.
(, Sat 7 Sep 2013, 16:43, closed)
I remember something like that.

We had ZERO H&S gear on that site, though. It was a disgrace. I got fired for complaining about it - and I was too dumb back then to kick up a fuss with tribunals and all that.
(I asked for a pump for the concentrated sulfuric acid, cause trying to tip up a 50l drum to pour it out into a jug was a bit dangerous.)
(, Sat 7 Sep 2013, 17:11, closed)
and forever after, he did a half-arsed job

(, Sat 7 Sep 2013, 14:44, closed)
This deserves recognition.
(, Sat 7 Sep 2013, 19:11, closed)

(, Sun 8 Sep 2013, 18:02, closed)
Yet again a reply that should win.

(, Sun 8 Sep 2013, 9:35, closed)

(, Sun 8 Sep 2013, 18:04, closed)
Nah, he just couldn't be arsed to do it.

(, Sun 8 Sep 2013, 19:21, closed)
lazy arse

(, Mon 9 Sep 2013, 13:38, closed)
In a just world, this sort of industrial accident would result in superpowers, rather than emergency surgery.

(, Sat 7 Sep 2013, 21:22, closed)
But what can you do with a turbo-charged ass - other than start calling yourself the Heinous Anus?
(, Sat 7 Sep 2013, 22:46, closed)
I was hoping that losing all the calcium in his bones
would have turned him into Plastic Man.
(, Sun 8 Sep 2013, 7:42, closed)
he is the Phantom shitter? Would explain a lot...
(, Sun 8 Sep 2013, 7:19, closed)
That sounds nasty!..
(, Sun 8 Sep 2013, 10:19, closed)

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