|Forum topic by David Craig||posted 02-26-2012 06:54 AM||1276 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
02-26-2012 06:54 AM
I work in IT and with the last company I worked for, we invested in a great deal of auto-monitoring software and invested much time and energy into developing a pro-active response team to troubleshoot issues before they affected our clients. Unfortunately, our management graded us on response to issues and not in issue prevention. So one of the things I attempted to push was reporting Non-Events.
Non Events are events that would have happened had we not responded like we did. Preventative measures that kept events from happening, but reported so everyone knew the investments were worth the money as they saved costly real events from occurring. As much as I respect those that bite the bullet, admit to a safety failing, and share their experience of injury or project damage to us to serve as a warning, I would also like to see some Non- Event reporting here as well. Has there been a moment that could have been real ugly had you not been proactive and utilized some safety mechanisms in the shop? Some moments where your safe habits and investments in these types of devices caused nothing to happen?
I will give an example. I was cutting some SYP I picked up from a lumber yard. One of the boards was made up of some reactionary wood. As I cut the board, the end that passed through the saw clamped itself to my splitter. Hold downs were in place, the blade was not pinched because the splitter kept the blade from binding, but that board gripped the splitter with everything it had. Nothing was thrown at me, no kickback occurred. The only thing I had to do was turn off the saw and tap a small hardwood wedge into the freshly cut end. I turned back on the saw and finished the cut. Only negative was a slight burn on the edge where it had some friction from the blade running against the wood for a few seconds longer than it should have. No harm no foul, no trip to ER, no board flying against the wall. Just a simple non-event that I would not even give a moment of thought to except for the fact that I knew what would have happened had these features not been utilized.
What about the rest of you? Have any Non-Events to share?
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