A review of best practices by Popular Mechanics magazine, inspired by the
death of a Yale student whose hair was caught in the chuck of a metal lathe.
I guess she should have been wearing a hair net. . .
That's a good article, and they mention jewelry, including rings.
I'll never forget what I saw in the safety class for new employees at
IH many years ago.
I was already real careful about sleeves and loose clothes from doing
car engine work.
At the IH safety class they showed 2 pictures I remember well.
A wedding banded finger with about 2 feet of tendons hanging from it.
It was on a drill press chuck. The ring fit right in a groove of the
chuck. Violated the "touching moving machinery" rule but it was the
ring that got the finger.
Second picture the finger looked like the first one.
Except it was about 8 feet off the ground on the back of a T-25 dozer,
stuck on some kind of groove up there.
Salesman had jumped down, but left the finger behind.
I put my wedding band in a drawer.
I grew up in construction, and my father beat those dangers into me and
all the rest of the workers. I've driven a desk for a couple decades
now, but I still can't bring myself to wear any jewelry or anything tied
around my neck. And when I pointed out the danger, they even switched
the standard-issue badge lanyards to the break-away style with the
velcro at the back of the neck. (I just clip mine to the front of my shirt)
I've never worn any jewelry and if I wear a watch, it's plastic with a
plastic band like a divers watch. My oldest brother got his Twist-O-Flex
watch band between the positive battery lead and ground on a tractor, he
got branded when it lit up. :-)
We have been round and round the real issue here, and no one has brought it
up. She had the "right" to be stupid. To wear her hair long in a dangerous
environment. I don't see anyone standing up for her saying she had the
right to do what she did. This great country has been fostered now for
hundreds of years by each person's "rights" to do this and that. We must
allow people the "right" to exercise their "rights" even if their "rights"
end up getting them killed. We do it all the time, with junkies, fast
drivers, overeaters, lots of people.
It's just too bad that we have taken this to such an extreme, so far away
from the intent of those who wanted to guarantee us our "rights".
Ahh, the liberal bent.
Steve, who is right
Confined space entry is one of the longest and most complicated sections in
OSHA regs. I had to formulate a company policy on it when I was in safety,
and I had those yearly CDs. The section was HUGE, and the intricacies were
many. Just by doing confined space entry alone, you violate OSHA, high work
probably the same, it's been twenty plus years since I was in safety.
We've had an awful lot of close calls lately. The huge airbus spinning the
small jet on the JFK runway and the 1st lady's near miss with a 200 ton
military cargo jet occurred in the last week or two. The FAA chief has
ordered a top-down safety review.
""Incidents of near misses and close calls, and serious mishaps that have
been reported - I am just a little concerned that our luck may be running
out," Mica, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee, said in an interview Thursday."
With bigger and bigger jets carrying more passengers all flying to major
urban centers, the law of averages is at work and sooner or later, you'll
have another Tenerife where two jumbos collide and lots of people die.
March 27, 1977- KLM Flight 4805 and Pan Am Flight 1736, both Boeing 747s,
collide on the runway in the Tenerife disaster (Los Rodeos Airport) Tenerife
Canary Islands; 583 of 644 people on board both aircraft are killed in the
worst accident in the history of commercial aviation.
At Tenerife, collateral damage was limited because the two planes were still
at the airport.
There's a good list at Wiki:
including the details of the mid-air collision I remember as a kid:
December 16 - The 1960 New York air disaster: United Airlines Flight 826, a
Douglas DC-8, and TWA Flight 266, a Lockheed Super Constellation, collide in
mid-air over Staten Island in New York; all 128 aboard the two planes and
six people on the ground are killed.
While I agree that collision avoidance avionics have improved tremendously
since the 1960 crash, planes just keep getting bigger and bigger and the
airspace more and more crowded. The articles about the JFK crash mentioned
that the Airbus that was involved was so large that special precautions had
to be taken for every take-off and landing. To me, that's just asking for
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