Drccoco says that years ago, when he was an aircraft structure mechanic, there was one of these scary drop hammers
in the building next door. They used to form panels, aircraft skins ect. It shook the whole cement foundation every time it came down.
I don’t have any background info about what happened or where in these photos, but it looks to me like it could have been in Japan. It must have been a case of temporary lapse in awareness but unfortunately, if you work around machines capable of crushing you without breaking a sweat, any lapse in awareness could be fatal.
As for Drop Hammers – they are used in steal factories as metal shapers or cutters. Nowadays they are mostly hydraulically powered and often equipped with safety features requiring all workers who operate the machine to step away and press their respective buttons at the same time as others for the die to come down. For when it does come down, there is no stopping it. It’ll crush everything in its path.
Props to Best Gore member drccoco for the pics: