Adam Savage Explains His Scary Hand Injury!

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Adam talks through how he recently injured his hand in a scary accident involving his workshop lathe. It was an intense experience he's still recovering from, and even talking about it is unsettling!
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Kelpsie Sponge
Kelpsie Sponge - Ай мурун
Adam: "So this is my lathe."
Me: "Oh, no."
Blah Anger
Blah Anger - 12 күн мурун
rofl I thought the exact same thing when it apeared in the background.
William Winder
William Winder - 25 күн мурун
He got very, very, lucky
David Reed
David Reed - 26 күн мурун
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 - Ай мурун
Oh, that’s exactly what I was coming to type!
Flynn D
Flynn D - Ай мурун
r/medizzy has some nice brutal lathe injuries
SpydersByte - 10 саат мурун
doesn't matter how old you get, calling mommy is always your go-to when injuring yourself.
Bobby Lee
Bobby Lee - 11 саат мурун
He has PTSD big time.
humayd a r mahomedy
humayd a r mahomedy - 23 саат мурун
no shame.complacency in the shop is dangerous. the lathe scares the crap out of me
Ahmad Faisal
Ahmad Faisal - Күн мурун
Nice video, but who the heck dislikes these types of videos, they are either immature or heartless
Blake Kerrigan
Blake Kerrigan - Күн мурун
I had a similar situation. I had a small piece of aluminium rod in the end of a bench drill and filed it down and then used wire wool. I had a glove on and the drill grabbed the wool, then the glove and my hand. Luckily pulled away quick enough and only lost some skin.
LemmingFNSR - Күн мурун
Dear Adam, from one PTSD survivor to another: make sure you get help. Kind regards from Oz. Mark
Project: Boredom Killer
Project: Boredom Killer - Күн мурун
That's so weird. I just finished reading part of a book that describes exactly what you went through when the body experiences an emergency situation like that. How the analytical mind shuts down and how the reactive mind kicks in. I have to wonder if your "post-traumatic" memories that kept coming up weren't an attempt by the analytical part of your mind to try to retrieve complete memory of the incident. I'd imagine if you were able to completely remember every detail of the incident, including the shock and pain, perhaps your finger would heal a bit faster.
ben g
ben g - 2 күн мурун
I also have an injury on my left middle finger (though not nearly as bad as Adam's) due to complacency. I wasn't repairing a piece of heavy machinery, I was using a dull knife (I know) to cut through some 3D printed material that didn't want to give. I forgot that I was dealing with a sharp object that could hurt me and stopped thinking for a second - I changed my grip to get a better angle, and cut towards my left hand. The knife slipped and I sliced a gash diagonally along the back of my middle finger - 3cm long and 4mm deep at its deepest point. I got lucky because the cut was shallower over top of the tendon, so that didn't get damaged.
I put butterflies and band-aids on it, wrapped it up with gauze, and carried on. The scar is still clearly visible 2 years later. In hindsight, I should have gone to the hospital and gotten stitches; unlike Adam, I didn't have a reason not to apart from not wanting to go to the ER. I didn't do a great job of lining up/closing the wound, and now there's a good band of scar tissue stretched across where the cut used to be.
The moral of the story? Don't be like me, kids. Take knife safety seriously.
Randy - 2 күн мурун
I totally understand the shaking. After sticking my finger in a table saw blade I would shake around it until I overcame that fear.
David Simmons
David Simmons - 2 күн мурун
Adam - As they say, "It Happens!" Been a Machinist all my life, started in a shop at 13, and have lost count of the cuts, scraps, bangs.... But we learn and just keep going:)
Peanuts For People
Peanuts For People - 2 күн мурун
TeamFuzzy3 - 3 күн мурун
Waiting for the roof to collapse during the time lapse
Hagen Bornemann
Hagen Bornemann - 3 күн мурун
thanks for sharing... experienced skydivers sometimes also tend to be less careful since they think they have seen it all and then something new or unexpected happens.
Mark Miller
Mark Miller - 3 күн мурун
I would have called, mum, dad and all my aunts and fucking uncles haha. Be careful mate. I advise everybody, next time they’re out getting wood/ screws/ bolts etc, invest in a first aid kit, even a basic one, if you’re a maker, you’re gonna need it sometime. Be safe all.
Laurent Vitalis
Laurent Vitalis - 4 күн мурун
I could tell you a story about how I almost died when my push stick touched the blade on my table saw...
David G
David G - 5 күн мурун
I can relate Adam, having been in construction for years every time I incurred an injury was when I got in a hurry or allowed my mind to wander away from the task at hand...
Glen - 5 күн мурун
It was a gripping story for me, glad you're ok!
Glen - 5 күн мурун
Pain is traumatic.
Patrick Cooper
Patrick Cooper - 5 күн мурун
Thank you Adam. I chopped a 1/4 of the way through my middle finger 8 days ago (cooking not making ironically) then passed out and just found out today I fractured my skull after passing out and hitting my head. While I wish I had seen this video before and avoided all these injuries this video changed my perspective greatly. My mom also swooped in and saved me (litterly) and hearing you talk about all of this has given me a new positive outlook. Than you for changing my life again.
Emily U
Emily U - 5 күн мурун
Thank you for sharing, Adam. I know shop injuries can be traumatic and hard to talk about. Hope you heal safely and without issue.
A McConnell
A McConnell - 6 күн мурун
10:56 ".. and now my shop is an ever-lovin' mess."
*Time lapse of a couple of hour's cleaning*
Shop looks exactly the same. :D
MrZielonyzx - 6 күн мурун
Adam you can make screw cover for the lead screw - so no cleaning so often will be required
James Jackson
James Jackson - 7 күн мурун
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 - 7 күн мурун
So glad you're OK.
Roy Weatherby
Roy Weatherby - 7 күн мурун
avoid lathe - check.
Franco Proctor
Franco Proctor - 7 күн мурун
You are a nice man
motochocientos - 8 күн мурун
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 - 9 күн мурун
i still get chills/anxiety watching this again weeks later
Graeme McNamara
Graeme McNamara - 9 күн мурун
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 - 9 күн мурун
Im so sorry adam, i hope you recover soon♥
Lee Lee
Lee Lee - 9 күн мурун
And so he lives many more days and years to create more self inflicted injuries doing what he loves most ...
Ziva David
Ziva David - 10 күн мурун
When Abom79 services his lathes,he cuts the power to Florida,the whole state.
Olivia Bodily
Olivia Bodily - 10 күн мурун
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 - 10 күн мурун
Adam : “I know.....I know...... I know”
First Last
First Last - 10 күн мурун
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 - 10 күн мурун
rotary wire brushes. dangerous.
skinny bigstuff
skinny bigstuff - 10 күн мурун
Glad your ok. Thanks for all the awsome
Tispy 79
Tispy 79 - 11 күн мурун
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 - 11 күн мурун
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 - 12 күн мурун
Ditto Adam 😕
Mike Day
Mike Day - 12 күн мурун
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 - 12 күн мурун
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 - 12 күн мурун
"There's a pollen bloom...and so my face is falling apart." Amazing.
Jason Leck
Jason Leck - 13 күн мурун
Adam, is that a Triple Aught Design Huntsman henley shirt? Also, do you know about Triple Aught Design in San Francisco?
TacoJack - 13 күн мурун
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 - 14 күн мурун
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 - 14 күн мурун
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 - 14 күн мурун
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 - 14 күн мурун
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 - 15 күн мурун
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 - 15 күн мурун
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 - 15 күн мурун
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 - 15 күн мурун
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 - 15 күн мурун
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 - 16 күн мурун
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 - 16 күн мурун
Happens to the best of us. Thanks for keeping it real.
Craig Beatty
Craig Beatty - 16 күн мурун
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 - 16 күн мурун
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 - 16 күн мурун
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 - 17 күн мурун
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 - 18 күн мурун
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 - 18 күн мурун
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 - 18 күн мурун
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 - 18 күн мурун
Silly silly boy - hope ya finger heals well
Hayden Easther
Hayden Easther - 18 күн мурун
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 - 19 күн мурун
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 - 19 күн мурун
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 - 19 күн мурун
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 - 19 күн мурун
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 - 19 күн мурун
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 - 20 күн мурун
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 - 20 күн мурун
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 - 21 күн мурун
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 - 21 күн мурун
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 - 21 күн мурун
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 - 21 күн мурун
but happy mother’s day to all u moms ! say hi to ur child for me, esp if it’s a pet
leviathanak - 21 күн мурун
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 - 21 күн мурун
bless you
Jack Soalheiro
Jack Soalheiro - 22 күн мурун
Faked the injury - just wanted to flex them AirPod pros
Flight Recorder
Flight Recorder - 22 күн мурун
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.