It's much better. I can get it into all sorts of corners and even on
open ground it's much faster. First time out I got a broken ankle from a
half-brick and a mouth full of dog shit, but hey, it was worth it. Off
to A & E now.
Very silly thing I once did when young was attach a small circular saw
blade to one of those flexidrives you can use with a drill by mounting the
blade on a nut and bolt that was gripped by the chuck.
Intention was to use it in a confined space.
The chuck didn’t grip the bolt terribly well and before long the blade
detached and bounced around the space like some sort of oriental weapon.
I was lucky to get away with just a minor cut.
I needed to compact down some fine brick rubble between the 1" wide
gaps of paving slabs. Idea was to allow some drainage between the gaps.
I got the bright idea of welding a short bit of 1" steel rod onto an
old SDS chisel, with the intention of using the SDS on roto stop to
compact it down. I misunderstood the roto stop graphic on the side of
the SDS and set it for impact + rotation, so the first time I used it,
the rod rotated and gave my ankle a right wack and ripped the skin.
My 'compactor' worked absolutely fine, once my pain had subsided enough
to try it again.
I think they are a requirement when used in an 'official' capacity
I'm not sure if these things weren't brought in via the EU (that are
mostly requested by member states) they wouldn't be brought in by 'us'
(directly) in any case?
The thing is, I have no issue with anyone choosing to ignore any of
the (realistic / practical) safety guidelines as long as they are
equally happy to be ignored by the health system (that is paid for by
those who are still at work because they weren't stupid enough to take
liberties and become a burden for no reason).
So I agree with you though and (within reason ) I believe in many
cases that 'Darwin should still rule'. ;-)
Cheers, T i m
 If you actively take a guard off of something (whoever mandated it
should be there) and it results in you injuring yourself isn't quite
the same as say accidentally doing something with a chemical that
mixed with something else becomes dangerous.
Anybody watching Barnwood Builders? I'm not sure the concept of
Safe System of Work has ever troubled them.
They are pretty good with their chain saws, and even deployed an
18" hand-held circular saw, but no visible PPE.
Chris J Dixon Nottingham UK
Or if you are a council worker you wear huge boots, and a pair of goggles
and dent every care parked near the verge and sandblast all pedestrians,
and you do not hear them screen as the ear defenders are very effective
This newsgroup posting comes to you directly from...
Yep, the council workers I witness should be taking more care with
themselves and the people in their 'operating area'.
Over a period of 5 years, I was part of a hard-landscaping team that
did quite a bit of tidying up and we would use Stihl's industrial
strimmers. No one was ever hurt but, I did witness what these things can
throw up; then can launch a stone like a bullet.
A local greenkeeper had a nasty eye injury after a stone went through
his hi-grade face mask. Even being well prepared does not guarantee safety.
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