The Most Dangerous Tool in the Shop

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Where I work we start each meeting with a “safety moment”, and recently a fellow did his on shop safety.
He started with “I’m going to talk today about the most dangerous tool in the shop!”
What could it be? I thought. The table saw? The bottle of whisky?
“The angle grinder!”
Uuumm… what? One of the safer tools to use in my opinion, but OK, let’s see where he’s going with this.
“First, I took off the handle because it gets in the way and so I could use it one handed,”
OK, kind of dumb…
“Then I took off the blade guard”
OK, really dumb…
“And then I put a saw blade on it so I could cut plywood,”
OK, he’s
He went on to describe how when he was cutting plywood—one handed, with a device modified to cause amputation—he hit a knot, the grinder flew out of his hand and bounced off the wall, and very nearly hit him in the head.
All of this served to reinforce my opinion that the most dangerous tool in the shop is—YOU and ME!
After the meeting I told him he could borrow my Skil Saw… “But those things need two hands,” he says…

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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#1 posted 881 days ago

If it weren’t so true, it would be funny!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 881 days ago

That’s hillarious. I would say that the most dangerous thing in the shop is HIM. I wonder if he still has two hands.

-- Steve

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#3 posted 881 days ago

Steve, Maybe that’s why he had to modify it so it only required one hand…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#4 posted 881 days ago

As I have always said, nothing is idiot-proof; before they can make it that way, they make bigger and better idiots…

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#5 posted 881 days ago

Wow, I hope he is safer at work then at home. Grinders are un asuming and they look harmless, but putting a blade on it, he was asking to be called lefty! Thanks for sharing

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#6 posted 881 days ago

Seventeen years ago, I felt confident enough in my self-taught skills to use the Hickam Air Force Base wood shop. I met a woodworker there who made exceptionally beautiful boxes and small tables. Every time I saw him in the shop, he’d give me a safety tip. Then I got my own shop and he moved to Seattle, end of story- right? Not so fast, about six months ago my husband was at a meeting in Seattle and he saw my friend. My friend, who had lost two fingers on a Skill saw. Are you kidding me!? If a person like Ed, who was so aware of the danger, could have that kind of an accident, NO ONE is safe. It’s just the luck of the draw….......

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#7 posted 881 days ago

The only surgery I’ve ever had, the kind where they knock you out to cut out pieces, was from an angle grinder accident. Yes, I was stupid and didn’t think so at the time and thought I was being extremely careful.

The tool that scares me the most is a router, handheld or in a table. Something that sharp should not spin so fast and scream so loudly.

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#8 posted 881 days ago

drawing blood reminds me of how stupid i can be at times….......

-- cut that out!

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#9 posted 881 days ago

At first I thought you said the Grinder as in stationary grinder. I was trying to wrap my head around how plywood could be cut like that.

I think that guy may need a Darwin award if he keeps his lack of safety up.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#10 posted 881 days ago

I’m just glad it wasn’t the whiskey bottle.

-- New Auburn,WI

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#11 posted 881 days ago

Maybe he’s just practicing so that when he only HAS one hand….


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#12 posted 881 days ago

Actually, the only accident I’ve had in the shop was from an angle grinder. Was grinding some steel to prep for welding, something caught my eye to my left and my right hand followed my head. The grinder wheel caught me between the knuckle closest to my hand and the second knuckle on my left index finger. Finger got caught between the blade and guard. Stalled the little Makita out. Cut through the bone and my finger was just hanging by some meat and skin. Lucky the doctor on call at the Immediate Care facilty in town was a vascular surgeon. Got out of there with 27 stitches, a splint and an intact finger. Got a pretty little scar, a weird looking knuckle and some stiffness, but the finger works.

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#13 posted 881 days ago

Wow, it sounds like he was trying to be as unsafe as possible, like some kind of strange challenge. In honor of this story, I’m going to attach my chainsaw chain to my TS arbor and use that to cut wood today, guardless and one handed of course.

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

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#14 posted 881 days ago

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#15 posted 881 days ago

My stupidest moment was years ago when I chucked a small sanding drum into my router table. The second I turned it on, I had a hole in a plywood wall. That could have been me. I think I’ve gotten smarter since then.

-- Turning A Round

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