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#1 posted 06-10-2012 07:31 PM

When I was working restorative construction we were doing a facelift to seven, three-story condo buildings. Down here on the gulf the usual choice is stucco and the reliefs on these walls is usually done with wrapped styrofoam. We had a set of workers who for lack of a better term were stupid. Everyday I used to pass by them and yell at them not to freehand their cuts on a table saw. Sure, kickback wouldn’t be a real concern cutting styrofoam but you still have the very obvious spinning saw blade issue.

So about four weeks into the project one of these guys put a little too much downward pressure on his piece and crushed it, putting his hand almost straight down on top of the spinning blade. Poor guy didn’t have any insurance and he pretty much lost use of it. I guess the only lucky part was that it was his off-hand.

A week after? The same little team of guys and one of them was working freehand. Some people never learn. I fired the whole group on the spot.

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