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A worker had a nut stuck inside the socket of a dewalt impact tool.The nut had a buildup of paint and got stuck on a regular basis. he put his finger in and accidentally pulled the trigger causing the nut to screw onto his finger. He excaped with his finger but in bad shape, loosing skin and deep lacerations. what could he have done to prevent this happening and what are the alternatives to removing the nut properply and safely?

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#1... before attempting to remove the nut, unplug the wrench. #2 .... thread a bolt into the nut, and wiggle the hell out of it with pliers. Easy.

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