"I really didn't want to say, 'I told you so...'"
An incident occurring during a process in manfacture of carbide inserts
I'd recently been assigned a machine where carbide inserts were smoothed out with a carbide-embedded silicone bristle brush. The tooling and machine were new to me, and I still had much to learn. I soon discovered that the tooling was quite worn, not working at all as it should, and some of the "fixtures", as they are called, could be quite troublesome.
The question... followed by dramatic proof!
While attempting to run one order of 'inserts', as they are called, I discovered that my worn tooling was causing the inserts to fly out of the holders or fixtures. The table turned clockwise, and the newly placed insert, in the holder, would fly out when contacting the brush that was supposed to smooth off the sharp corners. I was actually catching them in my left hand as they came out in my direction.
My supervisor happened to come around, and asked me, "How'se it going?" I explained my problem with the inserts flying out of the holders. At that moment, one of the inserts flew out, and I attempted to catch it as I had the others. But, as luck would have it, it bounced off the palm of my hand and flew through the air, smacking him dead-center in the forehead!! Stunned for a moment, he simply replied, "Yeah, I guess they are!!" And without another word, he walked off.