My Stargate playfield falling on my arm inspired me to make this thread.
Feel free to add pictures if it happened recently.
Pics or it didn't happen.
A strained back from lifting those heavy machines is probably my worst.
No big gashes for me.
I had a play field with a soldering iron hanging from it fall. Can't imagine anyone would want to see what 650 degrees (for a second) landing on ones hand looks like. But I have a picture Interestingly it didn't really hurt until the next day! Have owned atleast 1 game since 1981 so don't consider myself a newbie with working on games. This happened 4 years ago.
Quoted from terrapinmark:
I had a play field with a soldering iron hanging from it fall. Can't imagine anyone would want to see what 650 degrees (for a split second) landing on ones hand looks like. But I have a picture Interestingly it didn't really hurt until the next day!
We all want to see it. You know....for research purposes...
I have bad carpal tunnel and tendonitis and had my flipper finger lock during a game,it took me about a half hour to pry my finger back straight and keep it from locking again.
35 stitches from slicing the underside of my forearm open when cutting a box to protect a game I was about to drive 3 hours to make a trade. I now have a huge scar. Everyone at the E/R asked me if I was trying to kill myself. I told them "I'll let you know, after I finish this trade" (it was a gorgeous CFTBL for a TH. Incredibly good trade on both sides, i loved both of those games). Made it to the guy's house only 30 minutes after I aimed for.
I had just bought BSD and was carrying it down the apartment stairs with my son. He was lower down on the steps, but I lost my balance. Fortunately my son was able to stop the movement with his his leg exactly where his smartphone was in his pocket. The game survived, but the smartphone was totally trashed. Nobody was physically hurt, but the mental anguish was great then (I was totally frazzled) and remains for what might have happened if it wasn’t for the smartphone and my son’s quick reactions . I still think BSD is a biest and is heavier than other pins.
the96stang post #10943 from the Northeast selling thread....not me but worth a mention here
I decided it was a good idea to drop space shuttle on my foot yesterday, nice thing is nothing on space shuttle broke. My foot wasnt as lucky. Looks like I may be out of work for while, and would rather not tap into my savings account if I do not have to, so Im going to tap on the pinball savings.
All games are working but could use a shop job and have small issues (Switches needing to be adjusted, ect) .
Flash - 750 (some flaking in BG)
Time Warp - 750 (Some flaking in BG)
Viking - 1250 (worn playfield/ one side of cab faded)
rack em up - 950 (playfield wear near pops, minor BG flaking in the faces. )
Quoted from dri:
These rails were sharp as razors and both thumbs got gaping wounds.
Those sound not like original rails, but more like replacement rails like were installed on the remakes. I know, I had a pair on a machine and they were sharp as razors and cut one of my friends fingers. Nobody seems give a shit as long as the money keeps coming.
Besides my two back surgeries (cervical fusion) from moving bingo heads around for 40 years, my worst injury was from lifting a game from my van with only my right arm. Suddenly it felt like a my arm was struck by a lightning bolt and hit with a sledge hammer at the same time. The most intense pain I have ever felt and I have passed two large kidney stones.
Turns out I had torn a bicep tendon. In a cast for 2 months and an adjustable sling that looked like a bionic arm for another 4 months. I now have about 3/4 of the strength in that arm I had before the accident and I cannot fully grasp things with my right hand.
Surgical scar, arm brace and neck brace. Had to wear the neck brace 24 hours a day for 7 agonizing months. Fuckin' bingos!
My fingers will sometimes get stuck under my stubborn DE lock bar and wow does it hurt.
Now thats what Im talking about. All the other stories are rubbish lies unless there are pics. LIES I SAY!
Does mental anguish and grief count? I’ve received dozens of minor scratches and cuts working inside games but nothing is worse than the gut punch you get when breaking a game and adding hours of bullshit to your life.
I’ll take blood over mental stress any day!
Quoted from DennisDodel:
The most intense pain I have ever felt and I have passed two large kidney stones.
Turns out I had torn a bicep tendon.
Tendon damage is a bitch! I haven't been bowling in three months waiting for my right elbow tendon to finish healing from the last time I was throwing fireballs down the alley.
I used a railroad track sanding block to file my MMR side rails as they were shipped knife sharp. I put some plastic down on the pf to catch the sanding block particles. It worked great. This was the product I used, just rubbed it backbox to coin door direction:
I hurt myself today,
you see I have no game.
The money that is gone,
is the only thing that's real.
The pre-order tore a hole,
the old familiar sting.
Try to kill it all away,
but I remember everything...
Got an electric shock off the line filter in a Time Warp once when reaching into the cab for a dropped screw.
A proper 240v, not that 110v pussy voltage
Quoted from rottenrobert1313:
Working on a No Fear. Can read up about it here. https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pinball-injury-heard-of-such
I think you "win" when radiographs get taken.
Hoping my worst injury is not lingering inside somewhere. . . I wear gloves, mask, etc. where appropriate when working on machines but I am sure I touch/inhale more pinball dust/chemicals than I should.
Had a game tip to the side while I was doing something stupid, and as it gained momentum and just about to tip into another pin, I stuck my hand out instinctively in between to take the blow instead of the pin. I mean seriously, I’ll heal up, but cab damage is hard to fix! Had a deep purple bruise that lasted a month. But I’m happy to report that both pins are safe.
Pulled a muscle in my back heaving Iron Maiden up a single step on my own. Required a few massages and chiropractic visits. Couldn't move any pins for a month.
The dumb thing is that I have a stair climbing dolly, but if I'm only taking a game down the steps, and not another back up, then I use just the appliance dolly. But, there was just one step up. In retrospect, I should have just laid the dolly down on the step and slid it flat along the ground, rather than heave to get it over the lip while upright.
I dislocated my toe by catching it on one of the legs as I was walking to the other side of the machine trying to finish up a repair quickly. I now always wear shoes when working on my machines, and I slow down a little.
Funny this thread would come up this week. I just had a raised BK playfield tip back over on my head a few days ago while I was looking at flipper switches. I passed out twice shortly thereafter and am still watching for concussion symptoms. Staples come out in a week or so. I can’t thank my friends enough for helping me out when it happened and getting me to the ER. It really was my own fault because I didn’t listen when the Black Knight said he was going to slay me.
A couple years ago I was helping a friend carry a bsd off a trailer. As I was stepping down, the game slipped. Rather than just let it fall, I tried to catch it. While successful, it really tweaked my back. Felt fine a few minutes later. However, the next morning, I couldn’t move at all. Any movement was excruciating. The worst part is, I had a snowboarding trip scheduled in Telluride 3 days later. I ended up still going on the trip, but couldn’t ride at all for the first three days. On the last day, back finally felt good enough again to hit the slopes, thank goodness.
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