I don't know if any of you out there watch "Dirty Jobs" with Mike Rowe but I watch it all the time. I love that show. But the first half of tonights episode wasn't so much dirty as it was CRAZY! He was working at a place where they take Cedar logs and turn them into shakes and shingles. I've gotta tell ya that after the airing of that episode, I think the proprietors of that place should be expecting a visit from OSHA! I don't think I've ever seen so many unprotected saw blades and chopping/shear type devices in one place operating out in the open! It gave me the willies. I didn't pay a lot of attention to it because I was working on the computer but I'll catch it again when it re-airs. It started with the HUGE chain saw that they use to cut the logs to length, then a big splitter to make the blanks. Then a machine with two HUGE circular saw blades where they cut the shingles. Then they go to the area where they make the shakes. This involves chopping the blanks into smaller pieces to get them ready for the 42" band saw where they actually cut the shakes. You could tell that Mike was terrified the entire time he was there. I've got to see this episode again and pay closer attention but it was one of the scariest jobs I could imagine. I'm surprised that any of the workers there had any extremities left!
That episode is going to give me nightmares.