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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean

    Keep Seeing


    As an eyeball man I get to spend many Sundays a year taking five hour stretches of continuing education. That is just my lead-in to the subject of eye injuries and tools. Did you know that, by far, the leading tool injury that puts a person into “Emergency” is hammering? I hate to admit it, but I didn’t.

    Part of yesterday’s continuing education was on tool use that put a person in the Emergency Clinic at the hospital because of their eyes. Well I tell you---after seeing a bazillion photos, scans, etc. of nails, pieces of metal, cement, glass, broken drill bits, wood splinters, pieces of chisel, etc. stuck into and through eyeballs I am ready to attach a pair of safety glasses to every hammer I own.

    Many of these delightful projectiles not only went through the eyeballs, but on into the orbit and perhaps on through the bone into that mess of soft stuff, including the brain.

    Regular eyewear, including polycarbonate lenses, offers only a very minor amount of protection from the flying missals. Legally and for all practical purposes, NO LENS IS A SAFETY LENS UNTIL IT IS MOUNTED INTO A SAFETY FRAME.

    To be a safety frame, the frame must meet a whole bunch of criteria (fire, acid, how hard you can hit it, etc.). One of the main factors is that the lens in a safety frame must take a brutal blow before it comes out of the frame. This is because a dislodged lens makes a heck of an eyeball scoop (think ice cream scoop).

    Because of exposure caused by head position, ricochet, etc. side shields are a “Must.”

    I wrote this in this unorthodox manner hoping that it will stick in your mind and make you a much better, safer hammerer.

    And keep wearing those safety glasses.
    ...........I want you to be able to keep reading my posts.


    Moderator: I hope it is OK, I am posting this on SMC also.
    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Indianapolis area
    Good message there Jim! One of the most frustrating things to me is seeing professionals doing work without eye safety. They of all people should know better. Thanks for reminding us of basic safety.


    "Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."
    Vince Lombardi

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Thanks for the reminder, Jim.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    ...Moderator: I hope it is OK, I am posting this on SMC also.
    No's all about sharing good information.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Thanks for the reminder, Jim.

    No's all about sharing good information.
    my sentiments exactly!!!!
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
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    Don't put off today till tomorrow!


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