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doninvegas

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922 days ago

I was out in the shop after I got out of work and I got to thinking. That’s a scary thought in itself. Anyway, I was thinking what would happen if I got hurt out here. My shop is a detached building outback. My wife and son are in the house watching TV, cooking dinner, playing video games, whatever. What if I got hurt and needed help? How could I let them know? I could install an intercom system but what if I was on the floor bleeding and couldn’t reach it? Or I fell and couldn’t get up. I am extremely careful and I realize I am alone out there by myself but I wonder, what if…. What are your plans just in case?

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."


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doninvegas

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#1 posted 922 days ago

I meant Emergency

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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tomd

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#2 posted 922 days ago

You definiately need ” LIFE ALERT’, you know “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”

-- Tom D

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juniorjock

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#3 posted 922 days ago

I always have my cell on me….. Now, if I can get to it and use it is a different matter.

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NBeener

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#4 posted 922 days ago

Lots of people make sure to have their cell phone in a “pocket” on their belt.

Not a bad idea…...

If you’re not in a position to hit a speed dial button on a cell phone … you’re in pretty big trouble :-(

-- -- Neil

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Doug McPherson

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#5 posted 922 days ago

It’s a great thought Don. Hmmm, maybe keep the cell phone in your pocket?

-- DullChiselDoug, http://www.mcphersonvisionsinwood.com

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doninvegas

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#6 posted 922 days ago

Doh, I always have my cell. But if I cut off al of my fingers? I guess I could dial with my nose.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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NBeener

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#7 posted 922 days ago

If you cut off all ten of your fingers …. well … let’s just say … it’s a good time to figure out how much of a man you really are ;-)

-- -- Neil

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Manitario

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#8 posted 922 days ago

I can imagine a lot of nasty injuries in the shop, but very few shop related injuries that would completely incapacitate me…unless I was doing something stupid like using my neck as a push stick etc…Barring freak accidents or “regular” stuff like heart attacks etc, the majority of shop injuries will involve the extremities, which, although serious, shouldn’t immediately prevent me from seeking help. I keep a small tube of eye anesthetic at home that I “stole” from the ER where I work; having had an eye injury once I know that it is very difficult to drive with one eye while your other eye is spasming from pain. I also have a blood pressure cuff that I keep at home; makes a great, easy tourniquet if I was to have a serious cut/amputation.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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sandhill

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#9 posted 922 days ago

You could set up a panic button/s in locations around the shop and wire into a sound device. I have considered doing this in my new shop.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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doninvegas

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#10 posted 922 days ago

That was one of the things I was thinking about, a heart attack or an aneurism or even a really bad splinter. I’m such a baby :)

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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DeputyDawg

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#11 posted 922 days ago

I have always been safety conscious and made up Triangle signs that say. BE SAFE THINK TWICE
I laid them out in a triangle with the BE SAFE In the top and THINK on the left side coming up from the bottom to the top And TWICE coming from the top just under the BE SAFE downward to the bottom. So the message is to
BE SAFE THINK TWICE. It take a micro millionth of a second to have a thought wave so take two.
My wife is handicapped so she is not able to respond so I have a RED Light that I can activate from the shop to turn on plus an a video intercom so she can see what I’m doing anytime she wants.
I’m not able to go to the shop and take a nap but I just hope I don’t ever have to use it. But it’s nice to know when dinner is done.

-- DeputyDawg

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NBeener

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#12 posted 922 days ago

Don:

Interesting LINK

-- -- Neil

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Manitario

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#13 posted 922 days ago

LOL Neil, if you cut off all ten of your fingers, you’re probably not holding the board correctly…and it’s probably too late to buy a Sawstop…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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smndrummer

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#14 posted 922 days ago

“unless I was doing something stupid like using my neck as a push stick”. HA! That made me laugh pretty hard. Funny thing is, when I was an EMT, it wouldn’t surprise me when people did stuff like that. Unfortunately for me, I was conditioned by my grandpa Chuck to ignore most all injuries when I’m working around heavy equipment. He used to say “that splinter won’t hurt as bad as losing your hand on the saw your operating” So, I usually don’t even realize I’m bleeding until the wife yells at me for smearing blood on my shirt… or the countertops… or the cat. I do realize why she gets upset… My emergency plan involves my cell phone. It’s usually playing music too, so I know right where to find it. I don’t worry about heart attacks yet as I’m a young guy. – Rich

-- - Rich

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DamnYankee

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#15 posted 922 days ago

I have an emergency plan to some degree. I have some combat first aid kits (I’ve been military for 27+) that are equipped with very large pressure bandages, stuff for eye injuries, and even sucking chest wounds around my shop (though with the difficulties I have finding one of the one thousand pencils I have in the shop, I’m not sure I could find the first aid kits). You do have me thinking now about how to let someone know to come help if say I am unable to get to either my cell (I’m usually playing music with it son not in my pocket) or the land line phone I have in my shop (cordless actually, but its the house phone).

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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