Actually you do not have to be a moron to have an accident, and while
all accidents are preventable every one will eventually die regardless
of what preventative measures they take and 99% of all wood workers will
have some kind of accident and it will be more likely the more they
woodworking they, I don't give a damn who you think you are.
A moron is the person that thinks that he is the safety GOD.
True and it isn't always the blade of a power tool that gets you.
About 10-12 years ago a friend on our son was passing narrow strips of
hardwood through a thickness planer when the lift mechanism failed
and it threw a strip back at him. It entered his abdomen near his
right side and the end went through him. Missed the important stuff,
and the guys with him had enough sense to leave it in until the EMT's
got there. He spent a couple days in the hospital and was released.
Would that ever happen again? No, but it is just an example of how
feed paths on any tool can be as dangerous as a table saw.
I will chime in with RonB in agreement on this point. As I said before, while
I do think that the approach taken by "John" was indeed "boneheaded" (based on
some of my own boneheaded experiences with allowing wood to "move around" while
cutting it on the tablesaw), I do not think he is a moron. However, he did
used to work as an employee of the local Woodcraft, so he *should* have known
better. I just think he got too comfortable in his use of the tablesaw, had a
momentary lapse of reason, and paid the price. I don't EVER allow myself too
feel so comfortable with the machine that I don't slow down and think about
what the hell I'm doing before I hit that button, and what my backup plan will
be if something isn't working like I thought it would.
Free bad advice available here.
To reply, eat the taco.
It's a fair bet that, somewhere along his journey to doing woodworking,
the guy in question got hurt from either never had been exposed to, or
misunderstanding, a concept that wasn't precisely stated and/or detailed
enough to rule out the inherent danger in his approach.
Problem with threads that deal with safety (and electrical issues) is
that the devil is in the smallest details, and it often takes a good
deal of discussing the innuendos and things that get left unanswered by
virtue of the medium ... those details that will bite someone in the ass
if left in doubt.
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