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 insane!_
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…
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