|Forum topic by Ted||posted 01-17-2013 12:44 AM||1553 views||0 times favorited||39 replies|
01-17-2013 12:44 AM
At work today I used my brad nailer to put down a small threshold, and I got a big reminder why we should ALWAYS wear our safety glasses. It’s not uncommon for me to not bother grabbing my safety glasses when I’m only shooting a few brads, or other small task. This time I just happened to be wearing them because I was using the table saw a few minutes earlier, and still had them on.
The threshold bumps up against some porcelain tile, to cover the exposed edge of the tiles. Since there is a small gap of about 1/8” between the subfloor under the tile and the adjoining oak floor, I shot the brads on the tile side at a slight angle, to make sure the brad hit the subfloor. Apparently it was a little too much angle for one of the brads, as it ricocheted off the porcelain tile and hit my safety glasses right in the lens. It was quicker than I could ever have blinked, and hard enough to scratch the lens. If I wasn’t wearing my safety glasses I have no doubt that little incident would have cost me an eye, or at the very least done some damage to my vision in that eye.
From now on, I don’t care how small the task or little the risk… if there is every the most remote chance that something my end up in my eye… the safety glasses go on before the task begins. I got lucky this time.
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