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    Bizarre safety story

    OK, I don't really know if the story is true, but here it is.

    A friend of mine is a contractor, and has been on a gazillion job sites. He was on a site one time where more than one crew was working. There were some carpenters [I dunno, framers or what] who left their saw horses and a circular saw on the jobsite.

    Homeowner decides to do a little DIY work using the horses and the saw, to cut some plywood. Has his kid sit under the plywood.

    Saw goes into the kid's head.

    Makes you wonder.

    Happy and safe New Year to all.

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    Sounds about right.
    Friend of mine a little better than a year though nothing of having his 3 year old on the site with him. That is right up to the point when a lolly column that had loosened up. And when she leaned on it it fell over and crushed her hand. She is still to this day going to the specialist about the hand.
    Stupid hurts. What the real shame is when stupid hurts some one else.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

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    I dunno Ken, that one sounds like of of the urban legends we all hear.
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    Bob, I agree, but my friend says he was at the site this happened. Even urban legends, if they aren't simply silly, like exploding cell phones while filling up with gas, or dial *77 for the police, is that they can be informative even if fiction.

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    Kids have no place in a workplace where its a dangerous envirnoment.
    I have witnessed an injury as a kid, and my "friend" was lucky he didnt lose his hand.
    I will not name the company, now defunct, but they built commercial style display cabinets.
    Anyone remember the old 8-track display cabinets? The ones with the plexiglass doors with 4 inch holes cut in the doors every 6 inches or so, so you can handle the 8track tape but not pull it out without opening the lock on the doors? Well, this company built things like this. They also used alot of glass doors for other display cabinets.
    Id say it was around late sixties.We were there for only an hour or so, this friend of mine, his father owned the factory.
    Wed get to put screws into plastic bags, or fold cardboard, the daddy would give us a few bucks and we loved it.
    Ofcourse, wed wander out into the factory, but the managers kept a tight eye on us, and me, I was so afraid of blades, Id walk past a tablesaw back then like it was an oncoming locomotive.
    Anyway, the glass doors, maybe 2x4 feet, came in heavy crates. Glass stood on its side, maybe 50-100 sheets per crate.
    We saw 3 workers getting out some doors, my buddy ran over, he was about 10, decided he was going to be a big boy, and help the workers hold/tilt the glass panels back while the third guy slid out a few sheets.
    They didnt stop him, he was the bosses kid.
    They got out what they wanted, the two workers gently let the glass doors tilt back but my friend never slid his hand out. Within a split second his 2 fingers were crushed, the workers heard his scream and in an instant pulled the glass panels back, but my friend had broken 2 fingers.
    If he had his entire hand in there, it would have probably have been crushed also, if not severed off. Glass is so heavy it took 2 grown men to just tilt them back. Ill never forget that scene, even though 10 years later my friend joked about it and his busted fingers. Yeah, some joke I used to tell him.

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    I got injured on a job site as a child

    Me and a friend we looking at a house under construction. I was on the first floor - looking upwards and walking backwards - right into the opening for the stairs.

    It resulted in a compound fracture of my left wrist. Pretty much ruined that summer. . .

    My family did not go after the builder for something I did on my own.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Mattheiss View Post
    I got injured on a job site as a child

    Me and a friend we looking at a house under construction. I was on the first floor - looking upwards and walking backwards - right into the opening for the stairs.

    It resulted in a compound fracture of my left wrist. Pretty much ruined that summer. . .

    My family did not go after the builder for something I did on my own.

    Cheers

    Jim
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