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    Time for Another Safety Reminder

    I just read that an Australian turner was killed at the lathe in the last couple of days. His wife went to call him for tea and found him on his back with his head split open. That makes two people in the past couple of years that I've heard of being killed in this manner.

    Be careful out there people, and ALWAYS wear quality face protection.
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    Wow, thats terrible. My thoughts go out to that family.
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    Geeze Vaughn. Don't give my wife any ideas!!

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    Wow thats a first time i hear something this bad as an accident. Thats really sad. Feel quite guilty now working with blunt tools but i did have my proper protection on and earplugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    ...working with blunt tools but i did have my proper protection on and earplugs.
    Good for you on the face protection, but if you needed earplugs to turn, you tools were WAY too dull. Were you hearing a screeching sound?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Good for you on the face protection, but if you needed earplugs to turn, you tools were WAY too dull. Were you hearing a screeching sound?
    Rob was your lathe running backwards.....?

    I have to get a better face shield, the one I have sucks, or I can use my full on helmet, shield, filter combo from Triton, but it is a bit of a hassle to use daily. I use it when turning larger stuff or stuff that throws a lot of debris, but for just smaller stuff I use only safety glasses.

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    I was thinking of this one from LV.

    Sorry to hear about the guy who died, that is really sad.
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    Sadly this isn't the first I've heard about this year... Please do be be safe folks! Also be careful with the bandsaw!!

    Vaughn, the AAW guidelines do recommend ear protection: http://www.woodturner.org/resources/safety.htm although I to am ?guilty? of not using it on the lathe, lathe work is pretty darn quiet unless you're doing something overly aggressive or with really dull tools (either of which means I need to stop and regroup).

    I always wear a facemask (this was drilled into me by my shop teacher over 25 years ago; he was a good teacher, something for which I am still grateful). Not just for bowls either, I actually had a piece of a spindle let go earlier this year, it went "tick tick tick bam!" and a chunk bounced off of my face shield and ended up in the rafters (I was doing a rather odd/sharp cornered =[]=[]= shape and one of the high points is what let go). At best it would have really smarted!

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    I have to get a better face shield, the one I have sucks, or I can use my full on helmet, shield, filter combo from Triton, but it is a bit of a hassle to use daily. I use it when turning larger stuff or stuff that throws a lot of debris, but for just smaller stuff I use only safety glasses.

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    I was thinking of this one from LV.
    Looks very similar to the Uvex Bionics that I have (might even be, I can't tell from the LV site). Its relatively lightweight and comfortable for a full face shield; definitely recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
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    I was thinking of this one from LV...
    I agree with Ryan...that looks like the Uvex Bionics, and I've heard nothing but good things about them.

    Ryan, I avoid the need for ear protection by cranking the music up loud enough that I can't hear the lathe anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post

    Ryan, I avoid the need for ear protection by cranking the music up loud enough that I can't hear the lathe anymore. [/COLOR]
    me two

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    On May 4, 2011, Joan Kelly of Memphis, Tennessee, was turning a heavy cedar bowl blank on her lathe.* Something happened during that turning that caused her bowl blank to shatter, pieces striking her in the face and forehead.* Despite a quick response by her husband to call an ambulance and apply first aid, and receiving two weeks of exemplary medical care, Joan never regained consciousness.* On May 17th, Joan passed away with her family at her side.
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