Adam Savage Explains His Scary Hand Injury!

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Kelpsie Sponge
Kelpsie Sponge - Month ago
Adam: "So this is my lathe."
Me: "Oh, no."
Blah Anger
Blah Anger - 6 days ago
rofl I thought the exact same thing when it apeared in the background.
William Winder
William Winder - 19 days ago
He got very, very, lucky
David Reed
David Reed - 20 days ago
It always happens when you get comfortable and let your guard down. I hope you heal up really soon and have no lasting issues.
jimjambandit - 25 days ago
Oh, that’s exactly what I was coming to type!
Flynn D
Flynn D - 28 days ago
r/medizzy has some nice brutal lathe injuries
MrZielonyzx - 10 hours ago
Adam you can make screw cover for the lead screw - so no cleaning so often will be required
James Jackson
James Jackson - Day ago
Nothing more shameful than injuring yourself while working. I nearly took my eye out with an angle grinder. I was using a flap wheel on some steel. Flipped my safety glasses up to look at my work, realised I’d missed a spot so went right back at it, it kicked back and just missed my eye
Susan - Day ago
So glad you're OK.
Roy Weatherby
Roy Weatherby - Day ago
avoid lathe - check.
Franco Proctor
Franco Proctor - Day ago
You are a nice man
motochocientos - 2 days ago
A big -virtual- hug from the distance.
Thank you so much for giving us all some advice so we can learn from your mistake.
dazdroid1995 - 3 days ago
i still get chills/anxiety watching this again weeks later
Graeme McNamara
Graeme McNamara - 3 days ago
I was once in a hurry to cut some steel on faulty guillotine. This machine was getting worse and worse and at least one every 20 mins i was having to clear the blade. Finally i'd had enough it was two hours into the job and i was running behind on the order i stormed behind the machine and grabbed what i thought was the issue, it turrned out i just had an off cut which was tangled with the offending piece. So when i yanked the off cut the jam spun round and scratch my left eye.
It left a livid red mark accross my left eyeball which lasted for days but what freaked me out was if i'd been a mil or so closer to the machine i'd have lost the eye.
Ali Clarke
Ali Clarke - 3 days ago
Im so sorry adam, i hope you recover soon♥
Lee Lee
Lee Lee - 3 days ago
And so he lives many more days and years to create more self inflicted injuries doing what he loves most ...
Ziva David
Ziva David - 4 days ago
When Abom79 services his lathes,he cuts the power to Florida,the whole state.
Olivia Bodily
Olivia Bodily - 4 days ago
I don’t have a lot of experience with machines and rags, but I do have a lot of experience with long hair and air hog helicopters, but the gut reaction to “so I grabbed this rag” was the same
First Last
First Last - 4 days ago
Adam : “I know.....I know...... I know”
First Last
First Last - 4 days ago
Similarly, I was clearing brush with a relatively new string trimmer rotary blade. After cutting a few small trees, I let go of the trimmer with my right hand and held it by the handle in my left hand causing the blade to hang behind me. I then reached down and grabbed a couple trees and threw them behind me, then I heard something hit the idling blade, and felt warm water on my hand. Luckily it was as the Black Knight says “A flesh wound” and I never thought checking my pinky finger to see if it worked would be something I would have to do. So if you’re cutting with a brush blade, keep both hands on it or turn it off and set it down.
Nick Allen
Nick Allen - 4 days ago
rotary wire brushes. dangerous.
skinny bigstuff
skinny bigstuff - 4 days ago
Glad your ok. Thanks for all the awsome
Tispy 79
Tispy 79 - 5 days ago
So something like this happenned to me too but it was on a trampoline but i tried to do a flip and landed hands first and felt my feet touch my shoulders and heard a crack im fine niw but i couldn't jump on soft surfaces for like a year because my back would start to hurt so much and even a thought about a front flip made me scared it was going to happed again
C P - 5 days ago
My one an only injury in my 50 years woodworking happened recently and I ended up with a similar injury to the index finger of my left hand. What did I do...the most stupid thing I drilled a hole with a brand new spur bit through a door to fit a handle. I used a block behind the door to stop breakout but missed the transition between the door and the block and kept pushing. I didn't miss the point when the drill entered my finger level with the second joint and opened the finger all the way to the tip. So it's not always the big scary machines that bite you.
backwater bible
backwater bible - 6 days ago
Ditto Adam 😕
Mike Day
Mike Day - 6 days ago
On the next vertical milling machine to my father’s, a chap was cleaning away swarf with a hand brush. He had his hand through the rope loop. It was on a slow rpm with a big cutting head. The brush, of course, caught on the head. It dragged him in, twisted and then ripped of his arm at the shoulder. So glad you were the walking wounded kind of accident. Take care and stay safe.
Frankie Millcarek
Frankie Millcarek - 6 days ago
Despite your reluctance to talk about your injury, I applaud you doing so. It's better for someone to learn about shop dangers this way rather than the hard way.
Frankie Millcarek
Frankie Millcarek - 6 days ago
"There's a pollen bloom...and so my face is falling apart." Amazing.
Jason Leck
Jason Leck - 7 days ago
Adam, is that a Triple Aught Design Huntsman henley shirt? Also, do you know about Triple Aught Design in San Francisco?
TacoJack - 7 days ago
As a kid, I broke a finger trying to get a penny out of a vacuum cleaner while it was running. Lesson learned? Hardly. Two years later I broke a different finger doing the same exact thing.
jenky1044 - 8 days ago
From one fabricator to a maker, I'm very glad you didn't damage your finger, other than a cut. That could have been bad considering what you do. You should have gone to school out in the sticks with us country folks. From a graduating class of under a hundred students..😎, I remember in the 9th grade our teacher, of our 12 student shop class, taught us NEVER use long sleeves, loose clothing or rags near *any moving power tools* he then demonstrated a rag near a spinning drill press and how quickly it snapped it from his hand. I always remembered that and used caution around power tools and equipment. That lathe could have easily removed everything from your finger all the way to the bone (and even the bone).😬. Again I'm glad that didn't happen. I'm sure your mom took care of all the *you need to be carefuls* so we don't need to say that or remind you. 😀
Alyssa Seay
Alyssa Seay - 8 days ago
Hey, at least you have a plausible excuse to be flipping people the bird for the next few weeks, i just... sliced through the top on my finger... but its not too deep so i think its fine?
keeganwebber - 8 days ago
two weeks ago i put a framing nail through my index finger, i had the same thought process about going to the ER. no septic arthritis but boy puncture wounds are awful. Got complacent about placement of my off hand while using a nailer and happened to catch another nail dead on, came out 90 degrees through my hand
flapeee - 8 days ago
for those suffering from pollen allergies, use respirators, when going outside or doing any work involving dust! the change in quality of life is day and night
STS - 9 days ago
Adam, I’m military, and they say that most PTSD cases come from people that have been in car wrecks, however ... I feel ya on how you are feeling! Please talk about it.
angry zergling
angry zergling - 9 days ago
When I was younger my friend SLAMMED his 80 pound oak front door on my hand. It shut on my thumb. The entirety of my thumb was squeezed into that millimeter gap between the door and the door frame somehow. Somehow, though - and I still don't understand how this physically works considering the spaces involved - my thumb was still attached to my hand and was able to be saved. Peeled the meat back from the bone like a banana, thumbnail was completely ripped backwards toward the knuckle. Still, I remember when that happened and when I dumbly tried to pull my hand back to find it was stuck in a closed door, I was pretty sure I was inside the house and my thumb was out on the porch somewhere.
Shannon Charlton
Shannon Charlton - 9 days ago
Hey Adam take it from me and it comes in handy to know when working is workshops to know how to : stitch your self closed, make sure there is blood flow to the damaged part and the rest u know I’m sure but your very lucky mate it could have been worse and I am glad it was not keep ur self safe
Ya Boy Blue
Ya Boy Blue - 9 days ago
Not to 1 up you or anything, but I worked in a stone shop fabricating granite and marble countertops. Well 1 aspect of the job is using a bridge saw to cut the slab of stone into the shape, or roughly the shape you need. Well one day the Baby Huey of the shop thought it be a great idea to sharpen the blade we used to plane the stone with. Some people like thinner tops, 🤷‍♂️. Anyway, Baby Huey figured using a grinding wheel on said blade would work to flatten, not sharpen, my bad. So Huey has the giant 12" grinder wheel spinning full tilt in 1 direction while the blade to the bridge saw was spinning the opposite.... Needless to say, Baby Huey wasn't a machine and obviously couldn't hold the grinder at the exact same angle for very long. We just have a tendency to trail... So as he "trailed" the bridge saw blade grabbed ahold of that grinder wheel and just sucked his hand right up into the bridge blade.... Needless to say he luckily didn't lose his hand or his arm.... He did however lose about a quarter of the top of his hand skin. Even more crazy... He drove himself to the hospital, had surgery and returned to work later that day... He never missed a full day of work due to almost losing his hand...
Jason6758 - 9 days ago
Accidents ( although technically there’s no such thing, only a series of events) happen Adam, look after mom and take care buddy
Don Seale
Don Seale - 10 days ago
I have to say, before the words "this rag" had left your mouth I was cringing. I love the machine shop but those lathes always give me a moment of pause while I check for loose clothing. I am not sure how much flesh they can suck in before something gives but I have never wanted to find out. Heal up and carry on.
Brian L
Brian L - 10 days ago
Happens to the best of us. Thanks for keeping it real.
Craig Beatty
Craig Beatty - 10 days ago
Thank you for telling us, it's vitally important to let everyone complacency accidents happen. Also thanks for telling us about your feelings during and after, this is also important to bring to the forefront for discussion. Having made mistakes in the past myself I know exactly what you're going through. Be good and stay safe.
BigDreck - 10 days ago
I work with a lot of dangerous equipment that can seriously harm/fatally wound not just me, but the people around me and the "rule" that we all have is "the moment you stop being weary of the equipment, it's time to find a new job"
Bulbasauron - 10 days ago
Great way to use the pollen excuse to hide the true emotional state about talking something that makes you feel really guilty and stupid. I can super relate to that
Ben - 11 days ago
Almost died doing work on my old car. The jack slipped out and dropped the whole thing flat to the ground, directly where i was laying 5 seconds earlier. The shame you feel after is what keeps you alive a little longer.
Alan Mahaffey
Alan Mahaffey - 12 days ago
Not that you will ever need it but one of the best hand surgery centers anywhere is Buncke Clinic at Davies Medical center right there in San Francisco.
Alex Williams
Alex Williams - 12 days ago
This man is a true maker. The best thing that could have come out of this has. Adam wasn't permanently injured, and he was able to use his experience to make everyone more cogniscent of the hazards. It was scary, but he powered through. Cheers to a lesson well learned
Nik Hackaday
Nik Hackaday - 12 days ago
The humility you showed by posting the video is very important. Everyone makes mistakes... not everyone owns up to them and tries to help others.
giddyjet - 12 days ago
Silly silly boy - hope ya finger heals well
Hayden Easther
Hayden Easther - 12 days ago
I put a knife through my hand while I was trying to pry frozen burgers apart I had two guard let downs first one was I was to comfortable with the knife and I had first aid knowledge yet I pulled the knife out
Chris Mora
Chris Mora - 13 days ago
I remember hearing somewhere that most car accidents happen closer to home because we’re more familiar with the road and tend to let our guard down.
barry bortnick
barry bortnick - 13 days ago
Thanks for sharing Adam, we can all learn from each others mistakes. You're probably up to date, but makers, don't forget your tetanus booster shot every ten years.
Mid-Nite Ryders
Mid-Nite Ryders - 13 days ago
Glad your no worse off. Slipped with a knife once and I was looking at my bone in my finger, only time a cut got me woosey, didn't pass out came close !
Adam Hampton
Adam Hampton - 13 days ago
I completely agree with you Adam. In everything in life, it is COMPLACENCY that is the killer. Times when we finish climbing the summit and are on the way down, to doing everyday mundane tasks that we take for granted, to being overjoyed with fixing the machine and so excited that you're not thinking of the risks at that moment. I along with probably everyone else has had those moments where we fall victim to complacency. There are a million other examples, including relationships and your job, but I think everyone gets the point. And I can only imagine how the threat of losing your tools that you use to do your job, and the things that give you passion and reason to wake up in the morning (other than wife and kids) could have been permanently taken away from you.
Manatee - 13 days ago
Do you remove your wedding ring when using the lathe? I just wonder how bad it might have been if you'd trapped your ring finger?
AdamOrnelles - 14 days ago
I work with a guy who starts jammed centrifugal sand pumps (for mining processing) by pulling the belt until it slams back to speed. Gives me the willies. Totally could get dragged into the flywheel.
Corey Brown
Corey Brown - 14 days ago
Adam. You're ingenious, quirky, and dare I say "imperfect". But the way you package it is so unique it makes you truly special --- you embrace uncertainty, learning by mistakes, and oh they happen! You, sir, have inspired me beyond words to try and make more mistakes because they're okay. I would urge you to remember Adam Savage I watched on TV as a kid. that inspired me to appreciate Science remarkably and to have fun with it. If it wasn't for you I may not be an engineer today. So thank you.--- and please be safe! Cheers, with love from Canada -eh!
P.S: Watch your fingers!
Weareallbeingwatched - 15 days ago
Bruv... you were cleaning a lathe while it was powered on?!
With a rag?
You're nuts bro.
What the lathe said:
"yea man ok thanks for poking me in the gearbox, I feel feisty as fuck now. No need to rub it in, I know I'm getting old and can't use the internet but seriously, stop molesting me now. Go fix yourself, and while you're at it go brush up on basic machine shop safety. Here's a kiss from old WW2 'what safety' machinist world. I've been doing this since before you were born! Ok let's shake on it now. Give me your hand dear boy."
Weareallbeingwatched - 15 days ago
I'm in the UK on day 49.
I burned myself with a 100w soldering iron about a week into the lockdown. It gets like that.
I Had it set up at home on a cardboard box full of flat pack timber, with the flex poorly routed, and it wouldn't stay put. Poor lighting etc.
Then the bank call up about bureaucracy hell and cheques not getting cleared / locked in branches, and I have to drop everything to post some extra hell stuff, so I park up the work, soldering iron slips, handle it by the middle rather than the handle and HOLY SHIT THAT IS HOT.
ej :D
ej :D - 15 days ago
me: eating mother’s day giant corn on the cob like a child watching adam’s injury video that i saw on his insta & on simone’s pat on shoulder robot
“oof” *corn spits all over*
ej :D
ej :D - 15 days ago
but happy mother’s day to all u moms ! say hi to ur child for me, esp if it’s a pet
leviathanak - 15 days ago
I almost lost a finger to a drill press once, because I was wearing gloves. Chip spiral reached out and caught my glove and sucked in from 6"away. Kept finger. Lesson learned; it wants to eat ,you do not take anything for granted.
DercMeen - 15 days ago
bless you
Jack Soalheiro
Jack Soalheiro - 16 days ago
Faked the injury - just wanted to flex them AirPod pros
Flight Recorder
Flight Recorder - 16 days ago
Don't worry Adam, I understand how much you don't want to talk about it because, having experience with lathes, I'm shuddering just listening to it. It happens to the best of us, unfortunately.
Liam Moore
Liam Moore - 17 days ago
I like how he's standing out and admitting he messed up
Luz Gomez
Luz Gomez - 17 days ago
Sad just only you finger...!!
Holbein Crâne
Holbein Crâne - 17 days ago
Well I actually can't watch huge parts of this channel's video, because I am terrified with saw, or spinning tools or things like that, so this one feels like a "you were right" video xD
Paul Simonson
Paul Simonson - 17 days ago
So glad you were able to walk away with your finger still attached to your hand!
Keep up the good (and safe) work!
I know you don't believe, but God was watching over you.
C R - 18 days ago
Adam do you got the rona bro.
OmegaNerd - 18 days ago
I hope you feel better soon
Nikola M
Nikola M - 18 days ago
Take a shot everytime he blows his nose
Jopossum - 18 days ago
4:22 /video
よしろ神奈川 - 19 days ago
Your video does give me helpful insight and a good reminder.
よしろ神奈川 - 19 days ago
Oh yeah, wish you peacefulness.
よしろ神奈川 - 19 days ago
Please don't blame your self, so you can be in the present and still be clear minded to not make the same actions again.

It's of the mind. You are exactly right. Guard, mind, comfort.
It seems you are worried about inconveniencing others if you are hurt.

I think important you understand its ok.

Just very Happy you are ok.
よしろ神奈川 - 19 days ago
Get well soon Adam. I know how you feel.
Antony Hibberd
Antony Hibberd - 19 days ago
Scars are the tattoos of life.
Dana Robbins II
Dana Robbins II - 19 days ago
Good on you for admitting it was a mistake and lapse of judgement. When I was getting my OSHA certification my teacher said "the most dangerous tool and machine is one that you become familiar with, as you will start to lack indifference to dangerous situations and will 'cut corners' in the steps you know, and is the cause for most workplace injuries, sometimes it's the new guy that gets hurt, but a lot are the old times that know 'the tricks' and end up dead or injured"
As a farm boy, this actually stuck with me very hard as it is true, everyone of my family that has been injured is because we were doing something stupid with equipment we run everyday, and make silly mistakes by over evaluating our knowledge and familiarity with the equipment
Brad K
Brad K - 19 days ago
Not wanting to be critical just following your injury but I watched you building a box for your Apollo Gloves the other day. You were holding the risers in your hand and drilling them for screws. Easy for the bit to slip off and gouge your hand / arm. Your vise was right there next to you! Would not only be more safe but also more accurate.
I have had safety drilled into me (pun intended} by the excellent Marc Adams School of woodworking. I could likely point out at least 5 other safety errors you made in that single video. Please be safe! Perhaps get some training. Hyoid have a responsibility to demonstrate safe methods to your viewers - and to your body! Hope the healing goes quickly!
Only seen 2 videos so far but I love your style {always have) and have subscribed. Now for some binge-watching!
William Winder
William Winder - 19 days ago
That Hellboy sword above your lathe reminds me of the sword of Damocles
Hot Brass
Hot Brass - 19 days ago
So glad you’re ok. Thank you for sharing and your honesty. Hopefully this will keep someone else from being injured.
Eric Pantano
Eric Pantano - 19 days ago
I truly appreciate you sharing this! I had a similar, stupid accident years ago that took a chunk out of my finger as well - I don't like telling the story, but I tell it for similar reasons, to emphasize the importance of respecting power tools! Thank you!
Scott Van Bach
Scott Van Bach - 19 days ago
Just learned on 4-20-20 people are so stupid as to grab a board I was cutting on a table saw and bumped it over and boom tip of my finger bone gone.
Boss Tweed
Boss Tweed - 19 days ago
As soon as you said "I started cleaning the part while it was moving" I said oh shit
Jordan TRusso
Jordan TRusso - 20 days ago
Be careful around dangerous machinery everybody, you have no clue how easy it is for these kind of machines to tear you to pieces.
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