Ouch! Well, let's see...
A finger tip costs $16,000 to re-attach.
Down to the knuckle runs $27,000.
What do you think this is going to cost?
I think the problem may have stemmed from what _was_ IN the cooler
before he set the saw up there.
What, no pictures?
Many years ago my father told a similar story. A guy he worked with was
using a table top portable saw and it fell off the table while he was
sawing... He tried to catch it and sawed his fingers off during his effort.
I never forgot that story and any time I used a small saw I clamped it down.
Ouch again. The movie Sicko mentions a guy who committed an absolute
cardinal sin while using a small saw and removed several fingers.
One thing I learned as a kid while using soldering irons and knives
was to never grab for a falling tool that can in any way injure.
Maybe the Feds should require all saws to have a Saw Stop device
You laugh. This is one reason why I am against tax-funded medical
treatment--it gives the government an incentive to micromanage our behavior
to control expenses. We're already starting to see some of this with seat
belt laws and the like.
You have a point. But at the same time I appreciated the mandated
_installation_ of seat belts. I used them day one (SCCA exposure),
suffered the ridicule of rednecks by wearing them, but it saved me the
trouble of having to hunt for adequate metal on which to mount them.
Of course, this wasn't a privately patented device being shoved down
my throat by government, and was a fairly inexpensive add-on.
I didn't care for the their mandated _use_, however.
Except, perhaps, for children.
Doubtless, you'll see more of it as well, regardless of whether you get
government control of medical treatment or not.
Rant mode ON.
We live in a "Nanny State" with a bureaucracy that wants to exercise control
over every minute aspect of our daily lives and fund their administration of
these laws by fines, in the certain knowledge that most of us will break
these laws. Increasingly draconian speed limits,
workplace legislation, seatbelt laws, helmet laws, smoking laws, - the list
is endless. I will never attempt to deny that all of these interferences do
save or extend lives. So .........??? They have the right to define that
for us because ...........???
Why not then take it to it's logical extension and ban everybody from
getting out of bed in the morning. That will stop the road toll overnight.
Stop workplace injuries and deaths, stop us from polluting the environment
by burning fuel. No, they wouldn't do that, no revenue in it for the
We are legislating for mediocrity, the great Aussie tradition of ''ave a go,
mate, " is now no longer acceptable. Someone might get hurt. Can't have
that. Years back, when I started my earthmoving business, I would load up my
40 ton bulldozer on the float, and head off into the outback by myself, for
three to four weeks at a time, often illegally transporting my machine at
night between job locations. mainly digging gravel pits for road surfacing
for outback shires. Sometimes 200 miles from human habitation.I slept under
the stars in a swag, ate tinned food or game that I shot, and had 88 gallons
of fresh water to last me for up to 4 weeks. If I injured myself and
couldn't drive out, then I would almost certainly die. No phone, no contact
with the outside world. Breaking lots of laws, but evryone turned a blind
eye in those days, otherwise the job wouldn't get done. Them's the risks. I
worked whatever hours I wanted, (Generally 18 hrs/day, on odd occasions, 36
hrs straight.) I had a ball, made a lot of money, got the job done and
everyone was happy.
Today, no-one is permitted to do that. I would need two escort vehicles,
mobile accommodation, long distance comms, permits for everything
imaginable, only move the machine in daylight, and work no longer than 14
hours in a day for a maximum of 13 days straight. - the list is endless.
Those Shires would now be legally responsible to ensure that I complied with
Rant mode off.
I just poured a large Bundy Rum. Drank it.
I feel better now : )
We're already there. And then some.
One reason I want to move to a sparsely populated area.
And as you say, it's primarily about revenue generation.
I'm more of a Darwinian myself, as long as what I do doesn't harm
others, or interfere with their land or rights - what few are left.
I'd join you, but if'n I started doing that at home alone I'd end up
an alcoholic from watching the news...
There are already medical funding proposals in play to identify gun owners
as engaged in dangerous activities so their coverage should be limited. If
that succeeds how long would it take to move on to power tools? In terms of
overall medical costs though there would very likely be more bang for the
buck to stem provider fraud... it's far more rampant than you would imagine
though the vast majority of it would never make headlines.
The recently released genetic study where they found that folks carrying a
particular gene do 20% worse while driving is another slippery slope...
They're probably the same population most likely to have shop accidents.
There may be a solution here... DNA test everyone and if you carry the gene
you MUST buy a Saw Stop. ;~)
Speaking of medical, if you're diagnosed with sleep apnea in California they
require that your doctor monitor your CPAP over the internet to ensure
"compliance" and if you aren't in "compliance" then they pull your driver's
license because people with untreated sleep apnea are more likely to have
Since most cases of sleep apnea are detected by the patient who then goes to
the doctor for confirmation, I wonder just how productive that legislation
really is. I mean knowing that being monitored by the government for the
rest of your life was a likely outcome, would _you_ seek treatment for it?
I think we need a Constitutional Amendment to the effect that "all
legislation which is annoying shall be null and void, when there is question
over whether the legislation is annoying, if the judge, clerk of the court,
court reporter, or any single member of the jury is annoyed by it, then it
Same deal with behavioral health... the centralized medical database will
allow for data mining to identify people who are a threat to themselves or
others... any kind of depression (post partum, loss of a child or life
partner) or menstrual cycle mood swings could flag someone. With the result
being restrictions on civil rights and privileges such as gun ownership,
access to jobs, etc. Easiest way to not have this problem is to not seek
treatment. Given that people have committed suicide with a bandsaw (recall
that thread!) and nail guns, woodshop prohibitions could be targeted too.
All kinds of slippery slopes with government monitoring... Orwell was wrong
only in his timing.
I do hope that you realize that this is absolute bull shit!!! Why do people
make up this stuff?
BTW I live in California and I have sleep apnea and I have a doctor prescribed
CPAP machine and it is not connected to the internet.
Perhaps I was misinformed. I asked of a manufacturer why on God's earth
anybody would want a CPAP with Internet access and was informed that it was
so that doctors in California could monitor compliance per the state law
requiring that people who are not using their CPAP be reported. Perhaps the
salesman made it up on the spot.
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