When I was taking a CCW class, one of the participants, not paying
attention to the muzzle, pointed a loaded pistol at the instructor. The
instructor very politely asked him for the gun, asked him to leave, and
then told the rest of us that that guy was not going to get his CCW, not
now, not _ever_.
To get a CCP? I'm not a gun guy. In any case, the instructor might well
have been using this as a perfect opportunity to drive home the point to
every other member in the class. IOW, if that guy had been the sole
student, he would have merely gotten a severe talking-to.
Perfectly valid technique. Could well have staved off some serious injuries
or deaths over his lifetime as an instructor. Good for him. I'm thinking
the seargent's knuckle approach was a little better. I'm wondering if OSHA
would allow that for pointing nailguns around, like some of the lesser
thinking construction hacks have been known to do from time to time. (Or so
Mine is a table saw kick-back story. I had removed the blade guard since I was
cutting a lot of dadoes
(I know, I know, but Norm does it!).
Turns out the fence was slightly out of alignment with the blade, and a piece of
plywood I was cutting
bound up on the back of the blade. The blade lifted the plywood and the top of
the blade caught it and
hurled it at my stomach. Ripped a perfectly good plaid shirt, and raised several
lumps, though no
breaks in the skin. The plywood was all dinged up afterwards too.
Moral of the story. Check the alignment of the rip fence with the blade weekly.
Use a ruler, and align
with the same tooth at the front and at the back.
If I start working in the shop at 10:00 AM (after my pain meds kick in) I
can go for up to three hours and still able to do accurate work, but by
1:30 to 3PM i'm starting to make mistakes and I know it's time to quit for
I've trained myself to detect when I'm about to apply (and believe) the
logic that says "just one more and then I'll go to bed" means "it's the last
one and therefore it can't hurt me".
This applies to motorcycling, sawing, climbing the ladder, etc., etc...
I've heard that professional skiers watch for this reasoning as well.
I've seem most of the ones listed but there is one I
I was death on my men laying a Skil saw down on the
guard. To start with, you can spring the guard that
way but I once saw a man lay it down on the guard and
the guard was stuck UP. It came right across the top
of his shoe. He was lucky that the blade was stopping
and it didn't get through the shoe.
"Thomas G. Marshall"
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I always do that, and always feel funny about it.
The guys who built my deck had removed all the blade guards, because
apparently they felt they got in the way. So they were regularly flipping
them upside-down on the deck, spinning teeth free to hit anything.
Also, not one eye goggle. Not one mask (the holding structure was PT).
Ah, Real Manly Men.
In this country you can see them standing in a field, next to their tractor
with a big spraytank, putting poison on their pastures clad in nothing but
ankle high boots, shorts and a sleeveless undershirt; hat is optionial.
Of course you find them on our building sites as well, but since our OSH has
started to come down on the employers Really Hard, most cowboys find they have
to buck up or butt out. Those guys of yours would mend their ways or find
themselves to be unemployable here pretty smartly.
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I've got three - all the results of flat out ignorance.
The first involved a bandsaw - and a bandsaw blade with
what I NOW know was a bad weld. Though I'd heard the
tic-tic-tic of the bad weld as it passed the blade guides,
I lacked the knowledge to interpret what that sound
meant. When the band's weld failed the resulting noise
as it accordianed into the blade quard stopped my ability
to breath and I think it stopped my heart - for several
moments. The thought of what would've happened if
the broken band hadn't been constrained in the blade
guard causes shudders.
The second involved a 12" sliding compound miter saw.
I had a piece of wood about 8" wide and maybe 6" long.
I needed it to be a 6" square. I hadn't acquired a table
saw yet and couldn't figure out how to hold the stock
so I could rip it to the desired width with a handheld
circular saw. SO - I pressed the 8" width against the
SCMS fence, and holding it "firmly" with my left hand,
tried to cut 2" of the width of the part. BIG Mistake!
A "moments diagram" would have shown me that the
force I was applying with my left hand 4" from the
fulcrum of an 6 inch lever and the force applied by
a 1 hp, 12" diameter circular saw turning at maybe
6-8000 rpms at 2" from the fulcrum (2" of the part
was passed the SCMS's fence) was no where near
the same. The saw won, I somehow didn't break my
thumb, or fingers, or wrist - and I miraculously was
not struck by either flying piece of wood - nor
did any part of me contact any of the spinning
pieces of sharp carbide. The memory of that really
stupid move causes both a shudder AND rates up
there as a 9 on The Pucker Scale.
The third easily avoidable Dumb Move involved
a tight mortise and tenon joint. A blow to the
head can actually cause you to see stars.
Woodworkers Central has an Accident Survey page
And here's some stuff I put together on "kickback"
which may save someone some grief
I laughed when I read that one...
A few years ago I was getting into my truck, a good climb up. Winter,
lot's of ice, and my legs shot out from under me, and went under the
truck, and down I went, seemingly head first.
My head hit the ice, and I *heard* the most incredible 'boing' sound
ever. I never knew the skull was resonate until that day, but you saw
stars--I heard bells ringing.
Funny thing was that I didn't even get a headache, but it sure scared
the living daylights out of me--I figured I'd fractured my skull. <bg>
I'm now much more careful about getting in and out of the truck too.
While helping rebuild a porch, using a palm nailer, my dad pulled a good
one, I had been using it a bit so I kinda had it figured out, BTW the palm
nailer is a great little tool in tight spaces, and uses common nails, told
my dad how to use it, told him to place the nail into the snout of the
nailer and then press the nail where you want to nail it and push in on the
nailer, guess age is catching up with his hearing, or he condensed it to
push the nail into the nailer, anyway, next thing I hear, the palm nailer
went off, I turn back, he is looking at it like, "what happend" he pushed
the nail into the barrel a bit too hard and it fired the nail out of it,
good thing he was pointing it away from him at the time, we never found that
nail, got the porch done with no more runaway nails.
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I was using a can of spray paint and didn't point it in the right
direction...you can guess the rest.
THis was when was about 20. I've used eye protection when painting
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