Skip to comments.Florida teen's hair ripped out by machine in wood shop class
Posted on 09/15/2012 4:29:54 PM PDT by Washi
A Florida school district is investigating whether a teacher violated safety procedures after a student's hair was ripped out by a wood shop machine, MyFoxOrlando.com reported.
Deltona High School senior Kayla Carrera, 17, was in wood shop class when her long brown hair got stuck in a drill press machine.
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These days, this will undoubtedly result in a lawsuit that the taxpayers will fund.
Yeah, the shop teacher is responsible for teaching the kids shop safety, but once they're taught, some of the responsibility has to transfer to the kids.
Back in the day girls weren’t in shop class
A ponytail or hair net would have prevented it.
I had a new hire get is hand all busted up because he wouldn’t listen when I told him “DO NOT WEAR CLOTH GLOVES!!!!!”. We had a wire brush in a drill press for buffing the inner diameter of a part. I even showed the kid that the brush would grab a cloth glove the way it wouldn’t grab leather or a bare hand.
Similar thing happened to my sister back in the 1970s.
She was working a drill press at a machine shop during her college summer break, and she fell asleep at her station.
She fell forward and the drill pulled out a 1.5” radius chunk of her hair (bloody, but no scalp/skin).
My brother taunted her mercilessly for months.
If this . . . teacher . . . wasn't present when this particular moron student had the accident, well, add him/her to the list of reasons why publik edukashun needs to be terminated - with extreme prejudice.
“Drill, baby, dri...........oops...wrong thread.
LOL Just about to say the same and it was in the 80’s
Boys did metal work and wood work and motor vehicle mechanics, i.e. all we did was work on cars .
Girls did home economics.
Now we have dopes saying boys are girls and girls are boys, or even boy is a girl but likes boy or a boy is a girl but likes girls.
Why not just stay on what worked instead of this weird bizarre, perverted crap?
Now we have cross dressers and homosexuals serving and being allowed to check the saem sex out of what they are liking , sicko’s
I think shop classes need a safety video of some unfortunate person getting chopped to bits to clarify any doubt about following safety procedures.
On www.darwinawards.com, there are loads of these unfortunate cases.
I read about some unfortunate kid, whose job was to chop up ice blocks for fishing boats. He had been told explicitly to not touch the remnant that would be left at the end of the day, as for it was only a few pennies worth.
At the end of one shift, the remnant ice block got the better of him and he ever-so-carefully attempted to nudge the remnant through. Unfortunately, the ice chipper grabbed him and it cost the boat owner $30,000 to clean the boat.
Sounds like Kayla Carrera is very lucky to only have a bald patch from the accident.
It could have been fatal.
Now, they are concerned about the dance. I know little girls can fix their hair to coverup about anything. (well almost)
Not long after, 9/11 and back in the blue uniform for me, so the haircut was appropriate.
These days, I still grow my pony-tail (donating it next spring to cancer victims, again), but I certainly put the damn thing up when operating rotating machines.
There is no common sense today anyway.
At that same shop after the kid had his unfortunate episode of pilot error one of the old timers said to me. “Your generation were dumb greenhorns when you walked in the door but you weren’t stupid like the kids today.”
One of the biggest hazards in munitions factories during WWII was workers getting scalped by the machinery. They solved the problem by requiring women on the line to wear turbans or hairnets. The shop teacher should have been aware of the risk and told the student to tie her hair back.
In my shop class the teacher screened the film Don't Push Your Luck. It was pretty gruesome- perhaps today's school officials are worried that it might traumatize the little darlings.
If this article was on one of my local rags, I would have asked why they even let girls operate such powerful equipment...just to distract the left-wingers from raising money for Obama.
In my junior high back in the mid-1970s they boys did shop and girls did home ec by default but we were given the option of doing the other and a few did so. IMNSHO both classes should be taught to everyone; cooking a decent meal, doing the laundry and performing basic repairs around the house are all valuable skills that most of today’s young adults are sorely lacking.
She’s lucky she wasn’t killed.
It’s not something unexpected. Kids today are taught that they will always get a second chance in life, through never failing anything and video games that keep giving them second chances.
In any case, I guess it's one for the lawyers...but don't put me on that jury, because I won't give a dime for pain and suffering, only for medical bills.
Any rotating machinery is very dangerous to lose clothing and hair. On farms this is one of the most common forms of injury/death. As the hair is caught on a rapidly rotating devise it rapidly pulls them in. If it is a PTO on a driveline it will wrap up an arm or a leg or pull the head in to the driveline and break the neck. If they are lucky they only get an avultion injury (like this girl). The devises need to be taken very seriously.
Back in our day girls were not in shop class and boys were not in the girl classes.The longhairs were made fun of and usually dropped the class.We were all smart enough to know that the equipment could seriously injure you and the shop teacher was the kind of man you didnt give any lip for fear of picking your own lip up off the floor.
Years ago while using a “Dremel” one of the art students got her hair caught. I heard her crying and saw the teacher flying, and they got her loose - obviously that long ago it had no safety.
She was bleeding and had some hair ripped out. No one made fun, and it could have been serious. But no one thought of suing anyone, either. We just were more careful with the Dremel. “How people used to reply with more common sense.”
I ran a plant in Alabama back in the 80s. We had line boring machines with many drill bits to bore a line of holes for shelves. One day a well endowed woman leaned over the spinning bits and they grabbed her t-shirt. Fortunately it was a cheap t-shirt and it ripped off of her body.
She ran from the plant screaming, “Don’t look at my titties.”
Of course every man in the plant did just that.
Damn, I was in my office doing paperwork.
I learned that day to spend more time on the shop floor.
In the past I’ve had kids show up to work light construction without their shoelaces tied.
Luckily, they all were glad to work for me, and just a few remnders and everyone showed up with tied shoes.
“Boys did shop, girls did home ec”
LOL. Did you ever sew through your finger? We had at least one girl who did in my class, but she didn’t make a big deal because it was her OWN fault it happened.
I did take a look at the pictures. This girl had major damage - she seems to have lost over half her hair, all on the back of her head. There SHOULD be an investigation, actually.
Back in the day, there were long haired boys in shop class who were smart enough to pull their hair back and tuck it under their collars.
Ouch! I hope it grows back.
I learned to sew, iron, etc in the military.
Just checked my post I originally said I learned to sex EEK.
I loved doing woodwork and metal work, we made coffee tables , fruit bowls, baseballs bats etc.
My dad and I were digging postholes and he always wore overalls. As I turned the power up (turning the driveshaft faster) his clothing got caught in the rotating shaft. Luckily I was watching and got on the clutch just in time as it pulled him to the driveline. If it had been another second his privates would have been wrapped around the driveshaft. We had to cut his cloths off of him. Rotating machinery is very dangerous. Charlie Danies (of The Devil Came Down to Georgia) was digging some postholes and got wrapped up in the auger. It broke his arm in several places. It could well have killed him. He said the guys working with him had to unwrap his macccerated arm from its being wrapped around the auger.
That happened to a girl I dated. When she was in shop class at the lathe, her pinned up ponytail came un-pinned and came right down on top of the turning wood.
It wrapped her hair around it and faster than you could blink, in one motion it pulled her head in, smashed it against the turning wood then ripped out a large portion of her scalp.
That was how she explained it all to me after I met her.
They must have done a good job putting her scalp back together, because I couldn’t tell except for one small thing near her hairline that looked like a smallpox defect.
Makes me shudder to think about it.
Most guys who were in military aviation back in the Seventies are likely familiar with “The Man From LOX”, a safety film on handling of liquid oxygen (LOX)
It was hokey, and they tried to make it amusing (I thought to catch your attention span) but later came to believe that they did it as a lighthearted contrast to the hideous ending, to make it more powerful.
The video shows a young gorky guy driving a LOX tractor around, and people are trying to sidetrack and distract him. (This is from memory) I remember they have his buddies trying to get him to leave the tractor to go party with them, his parents try to get him to come home, and his girlfriend tries to seduce him, but he grinds on saying something like “Well, that would be fun, but I have to make sure I take care of this LOX” as he drives onward towards his goal.
As the lighthearted, silly teaching film ends, without any warning, the camera skips to a video, looking down a guy lying on his back in a hospital bed.
He is alive, his breathing fighting with or against a respirator through a tracheotomy in his neck. His skin is charred black. his eyes are open, staring at the camera with white eyes rimmed by blood red borders.
Even someone with no medical training who views this video of guy immediately knows that his death is imminent within minutes, if not seconds.
I have no idea how long they show that segment. I cannot recall as I write this, whether it was for five seconds or less, or for a full minute But what I recall with absolute clarity was the fare and eyes of nearly every guy in that room watching: Eyes wide and mouth open.
Someone later told me they heard the guy had been working somewhere down in Texas or Florida, and it had been a hot, uncomfortable day, so to cool off, he put the venting nozzle from a LOX trailer down his coveralls to let it cool him off.
He then proceeded to walk away and light a cigarette, becoming engulfed in flames as he did so. I don’t know if that is true, but it seems plausible.
And nobody I knew ever messed around with LOX, so the film must have worked brilliantly.
My mom was the same way, and her attitude was that if you were old enough to read a recipe you were old enough to cook. Started with the fun stuff (cookies, cakes and brownies when I was six years old) and by the time I was eight I could prepare my own meals unsupervised.
So, when the teacher wasn't looking, she coquettishly removed her goggles and then while Billy was watching, she seductively removed her hair net and shook her long locks, and then, Oh Shit!
She was so embarrassed until she got home and realized that her family had won the lawsuit lottery.
Oh yes, the old lathe. People lean in to get a closer look at their wood spinning. Once its caught your hair at ain’t gonna stop.
I told my son’s I didn’t want to have them have to get married to keep from starving to death.....now they are in their 40-50’s and they say they had to learn how to cook, I was so bad at it.....can we all say KARMA LOL
That’s not funny.
(Actually, yes it is.)
I sure feel sorry for that kid but she needed her hair pulled back.
I look like a dork at work with bad hair (pony tail)and frog-eyed glasses and Mom jeans even when it is 110 degrees in the back end of the testing area, plus oh-so-stylish work boots and don’t forget my gloves — but I do come home with all my body parts attached and functioning.
That would be hard for teens to grasp. Because teens consider themselves 10 feet tall and bullet proof, all that matters is looking good.
I have been to all sorts of industrial accidents over the years. I used to work at a lumber mill did my share of stupid stuff; I am very lucky to have the fingers on my left hand after sticking them into the spinning knives on a rotating moulder.
PTO death to a young boy about 10 years ago when coat sleeve got caught. My wife said when she heard the story she now understood why when I was on the tractor I told the children to keep away.
Another child I knew was killed when his father was mowing hay. He let his son ride next to him and the boy fell off the back and it was over in seconds. I like to think that when he fell he hit his head and was either unconscious or dead before the mower went over him.
No long sleeves, no neckties at the lathe.
No rides on the tractor.
Like the saying goes...
“...I’m not saying let’s kill all the stupid people, I’m just saying let’s get rid of all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out...”