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Why We Have PPE and Machine Guards

Posted January 06, 2012 9:00 AM by Milo
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Here is a safety lesson learned from one of my Facebook friends.

So the lesson today is……Don't take off the guard on the giant belt sander and then adjust the belt half off the guide and then duct tape it in place so you can grind that knife "Juuuuuuuus riiiight"

Another lesson is "PPE saves your eyesight."

Faceshield and ANSI approved Safety Glasses.

Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank Milo for sharing this blog entry, which originally appeared here.

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01/06/2012 9:44 AM

"Thats gonna leave a scar"

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01/06/2012 10:03 AM

I believe that they will be referred to as "Character marks. Proof of authenticity."

What I found unbelievable is his stoic, "i'll just ignore the pain and take this photo..."

You know that had to hurt...

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01/06/2012 5:51 PM

Not as much as when he sees the picture.

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01/06/2012 10:45 AM

Which one? The one on his face or the one in his mind. The split second image of what flew off and did the the damage. The breath of relief it could have been worse. And the kick yourself in the butt feeling of doing something so stupid.

Occasionally I catch myself absent minded reaching in at mill. An old Bridgeport. When I do I stop, shut it down, close my eyes and imagine reaching in and grabbing the turning bit. Then looking at the gory mess it made of my hand. Haven't had to do that for few years now guess it works.

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01/06/2012 11:13 AM

Good thread topic Milo. This cannot be stressed enough.

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01/06/2012 11:33 AM

Thanks for the feedback everyone. This can't be stressed too much.

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01/07/2012 12:07 AM

that is not a faceshield or safety glasses

in my jr high shop class there was a blood stain on the ceiling above the jointer, that the instructors left as a "lesson"...

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01/07/2012 10:33 AM

They could be prescription safety glasses. They come with removable side guards.

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01/07/2012 10:48 AM

if the sides aren't attached, they don't count...

judging by the scuff marks they are Poly carbonate, so better than nothing

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01/07/2012 11:17 AM

True.

Judging by the guy's earings he's probably a biker and the marks on his face will only serve to make him think he looks more badass than he is.

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01/08/2012 5:30 AM

Ouch...
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01/09/2012 6:18 PM

Well it probably hurt less than those earings he had installed.

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