"[DELTONA] A Florida school district is investigating whether a teacher
violated safety procedures after a student's hair was ripped out by a wood
shop machine... Deltona High School senior Kayla Carrera, 17, was in wood
shop class when her long brown hair got stuck in a drill press machine."
Didn't hafta be, but mighta been.
Not every person is born with an inate knowledge of safety around
machines. Humans have been at odds with machines since the first
stone hammer hit the first caveman thumb. I thought I had all the
saftey bases covered while lathe turning stainless steel until my wise
ol' shop forman came up and told me to grind a chip breaker into my
turning tool. He told me those long strands of stainless coming off
my lathe would cut through my boots and leg flesh like a razor through
butter, should I trip and entangle myself. A safety lesson learned
before a fall, thank goodness.
The teacher should have warned the girl ...nay, the entire class... of
long hair, loose clothing, rings on fingers, etc. After all, not like
he hadn't taught a few thousand students including some long haired
guys. If he DIDN'T! ....hello unemployment line and likely lawsuit.
OTOH, I find it hard to believe a shop teacher with that long a tenure
did NOT warn everyone and preach constant safety all the time. My
shop teachers ragged on it endlessly. Signs on every wall, every
machine, etc. The mom sounds like a classic golddigger. Hope the
teacher is not one of those who is disliked by his entire class and
has some friendly pupils to stand up on his behalf. If not, he's
Definition of objectivism:
"Eff you! I got mine."
That was my point. First day of class and some additional
reinforcement as they progress, safety should be taught.
The teacher may have some percentage of guilt though. With kids, you
cannot assume anything and he should be making periodic looks around
to check for things like that. We don't know the entire story. Was
the girl even supposed to be using that tool? Was her hair tied at
start of class, but later let go? Teenagers do things like that.
My impression though, was that the mother blamed everything on the
teacher and school, nothing on careless daughter.
Watch... Kayla's Law, now requiring hair nets when working with shop
Christopher A. Young
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Funny, I do work on network and telecom equipment in retail stores and
if I go back into the deli, I am required by law/regulation to put on a
hair net. Odd, that the kids in wood shop class aren't subject to "hair
control" regulations. Girls in wood shop, boys in home economics, what's
this world coming to?! ^_^
I had a high school shop teacher who was a walking billboard for shop
safety since he was missing parts of 4 or 5 fingers, all cut off by
accident.:( safety was always stressed in school........
I took a electronics course, a vo tech class. we had some tools like a
grinder and drill press......
the teacher who is still my best friend was very happy one day not
long after I graduated.....
OSHA came thru the school and prohibited the wearing of ties for
safety reasons. up till then ties were REQUIRED for all instructors.
my buddy hated wearing a tie and was thrilled at the new rule.. this
was sometime after 1975
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