Crazy Stuff Stumpy Thinks About #19: Safety week? We don't need no stinking safety week! (Stumpy's Safety Poster)

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Blog entry by StumpyNubs posted 05-02-2012 12:36 PM 10818 reads 1 time favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s woodworking safety week. I know, I’ve been planning for months. This morning I finished decorating the safety tree, I hung the red halogen safety lights all over the outside of the shop. My wife is wearing her safety dress and I am drinking decaffeinated coffee this morning, because someone said it was safer.

These days there’s a “week” for everything. We just wrapped up “earth week”, already the third or fourth one this year it seems, which used to be just a day until NBC decided they liked the green peacock logo so much it never goes away. There’s a week to remember every good or bad thing that has ever happened, a week to build awareness of everyone’s favorite causes… Major sporting events are now week long affairs with names like “Speed Week” and “Naked Skeet Shooting Week”.

We only get 50-some weeks in a year and it seems like more than that are now set aside by someone to build our awareness of something, and it’s growing fast. I have a calendar that’s 36 pages long because there are now more weeks than there is year.

Not that they aren’t all worthy causes. I mean, someone has to take a week off to think about the ozone hole. And anybody who’s watched Blue Collar Woodworking knows we are very concerned with chlorofluorocarbons. (I make my wife put a trash bag over her head while she applies harispray.)

The point I’m making is that safety is a way of life, we think about it every minute of every day while we’re in the shop. Do we really have to take a week now and think about it harder?

What’s his name from the Discovery Channel show “Dirty Jobs” just released a video where he makes the case for saying “safety third” instead of “first”, not because he thinks it isn’t important, but because he wants to further complicate things with a new slogan. His point is that we can over think things and then they lose their meaning. We become complacent.

But, since this is “Safety week” and I don’t want to run the risk of being ostracized by my fellow woodworking activists, I’ll make a contribution to the growing list of safety related posts on the internet…

At the Stumpy Nubs Workshop we like to keep things simple. We have a sign that reminds us of basic safety rules, prominently displayed so that anyone who feels a blade cutting into their flesh can look up and see where they went wrong.

Stumpy’s 5 Basic Safety Rules:

1. Beer can leave stains on the cast iron tools, and blood can leave stains on the wood. So no drinking.
2. We laugh at you for all sorts of things, how you look in safety glasses doesn’t matter.
3. If you wear ear plugs, you can pretend you don’t hear the boss. So, win-win…
4. If you leave something where someone will trip over it, that person will be allowed to poke you in the eye.
5. Keep your eyes on the spinning blade or bit at all times. Chicks dig scars, but shredded fingers… not so much.

Anyone who wants a higher resolution copy of our poster, just send me your email address via Personal Message, Twitter or Facebook and I’ll send you one! Then sit back and have a cold (safe) one, because it’s safety week, my friend!

(Check out the safest woodworking show on earth, a new episode of Blue Collar Woodworking is now online!)

Oh.. and here's that Mike Rowe video I mentioned.

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#1 posted 05-02-2012 12:51 PM

Hey, Stumpy, when I was in the working world (the real one, the one I used to get paid for) we used to call those that used to just stand around the ‘Safety Committee’. The premise was, and likely still is, if no one moves, no one gets hurt… it was true, they didn’t but not much work got done either!

btw, great show, keep it up. No standing around now, ya hear?

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#2 posted 05-02-2012 01:57 PM

I rather enjoy a little ostracization, if it keeps all our digits and appendages in tact.
Have a Safe and Productive year beyond, ‘Safety Week’, my friend.

Always remember; The wind blows East and the wind blows West, but only God can make a Tree. – Unknown

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 05-02-2012 01:59 PM

hey Stumpy,loved your last show man that jig is awesome .i like safety and you got to do it your self. There will always be accidents don’t mean that someone was not careful or stupid they happen. I like your rule #5 being a old bull rider back in my younger days the safety rule was dont take your eyes off the bull. table saws and bits are like that i dont want to take my eyes off it. dont think they are as forgiving as bulls were and thanks for what you do for the wood working community know you guys arent getting rich off what you do but some times a thank you is good to hear so thanks Sumpy.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#4 posted 05-02-2012 02:14 PM

The only things posted in my shop are the calendar and a drill and tap chart. I figure if I have not figured
out what is safe by now, I may have forgotten it anyway. I would ask what a yooper safety dress is, but I
am afraid you would answer, and my imagination is way out in left field now. Thank you for another thought
and I am going to celebrate another home shop week, by myself without any sponsors or assistants.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 05-02-2012 04:49 PM

We all take risks. You have to to live. When you get in your car to go to work all the way to running that saw. Just think about what your doing and take as little risk as possible. Your human use your brain. Its nobodies fault but your own. KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF IT!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 05-02-2012 05:50 PM

Stumpy. Thank you. Finally something written about safety that makes sense and makes me laugh.

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#7 posted 05-02-2012 07:35 PM

love #5

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#8 posted 05-02-2012 08:07 PM

Like #5 the most as well.

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#9 posted 05-02-2012 08:16 PM

Official US Observation Days (by Presidential Proclamation) BOLD indicates public holiday – most government agencies and major businesses closed.

January 16: Religious Freedom Day 3rd Monday in January: Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday
3rd Sunday in January: National Sanctity of Human Life Day
Various March/April: Education and Sharing Day (based on Hebrew Calendar)
March 25: Greek Independence Day
March 31: Cesar Chavez Day2nd Thursday in April: National D.A.R.E. Day
April 9: National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day
April 14: Pan American Day and week
May 1: Loyalty Day
May 1: Law Day, U.S.A.
1st Thursday in May: National Day of Prayer
2nd Sunday in May: Mother’s Day
3rd Friday in May: National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation Week
May 22: National Maritime Day Last Monday in May: Memorial Day
1st Monday in June: National Child’s Day
June 14: Flag Day and National Flag Week
3rd Sunday in June: Father’s Day
July 27: National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
Last Sunday in July: Parent’s Day
August 16: National Airborne Day
August 26: Women’s Equality Day
Weekend before September 11: National Days of Prayer and Remembrance
September 11: Patriot Day
3rd Friday in September National POW/MIA Recognition Day
September 17: Citizenship Day and Constitution Week
4th Monday in September: Family Day
Last Sunday in September: Gold Star Mother’s Day
1st Monday in October: Child Health Day
October 6: German-American Day 2nd Monday in October: Columbus Day
October 9: Leif Erikson Day
October 11: General Pulaski Memorial Day
October 15: White Cane Safety Day
October 24: United Nations Day
November 9: World Freedom Day November 11: Veterans Day
November 15: America Recycles Day 4th Thursday in November: Thanksgiving Day
Friday after Thanksgiving: Native American Heritage Day
December 1: World AIDS Day
December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 7: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December 10: Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week
December 15: Bill of Rights Day
December 17: Wright Brothers Day December 25: Christmas Day

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#10 posted 05-02-2012 08:20 PM

Official US Observation Weeks (by Presidential Proclamation)

National Safety Week is sponsored by the National Safety Council which is not a government agency

March 4-10, 2012: National Consumer Protection Week
1st Week of March: Save Your Vision Week
Third Week of March: National Poison Prevention Week
Last Week of April: National Volunteer Week
Varies in April: Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Last Week of April: National Park Week
Third Week of May: World Trade Week
Third Week of May: National Hurricane Preparedness Week
Week prior to Memorial Day: National Safe Boating Week
Varies in June: National Dairy Goat Awareness Week
Third Week of July: Captive Nations Week
Varies in September: Minority Enterprise Development Week
Third Week of September: National Farm Safety and Health Week
Varies in September: National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week
Week of October 9: Fire Prevention Week
Week of 2nd Sunday in October: National School Lunch Week
Week of Third Sunday in October: National Forest Products Week
Third Week in October: National Character Counts Week
Week prior to Thanksgiving: National Farm-City Week
Week of Thanksgiving: National Family Week

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#11 posted 05-02-2012 08:22 PM

Official US Observation Weeks (by Presidential Proclamation)
January: Mentoring Month
January: Stalking Awareness Month
January: Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
February: American Heart Month
February: Black History Month
March: American Red Cross Month
March: Women’s History Month
March: Irish-American Heritage Month
April: Cancer Control Month
April: National Donate Life Month
April: Prevent Child Abuse Month
April: National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April: National Financial Literacy Month
May: Older Americans Month
May: Jewish American Heritage Month
May: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May: Mental Health Awareness Month
May: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
May: National Foster Care Month
June: Gay and Lesbian Pride Month
June: Caribbean-American Heritage Month
June: Great Outdoors Month
June: National Oceans Month
June: Black Music Month
September: National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
September: National Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
September: National Wilderness Month
September: National Preparedness Month
September: National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
September 15–October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month
October: Italian American Heritage and Culture Month
October: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October: National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October: National Arts & Humanities Month
October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
October: National Energy Awareness Month
November: Military Family Month
November: National Hospice Month
November: National Adoption Month
November: National Family Caregivers Month
November: National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
November: National Diabetes Month
November: National American Indian Heritage Month
December: National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
December: National Critical Infrastructure Protection Month

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#12 posted 05-02-2012 08:25 PM

Personnally I advocate observing National Safety Week by staying home in bed doing nothing for a week.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#13 posted 05-02-2012 08:34 PM

I think you stuck Naional Dairy Goat Awareness Week in there just to see if anyone was paying attention!

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#14 posted 05-02-2012 08:37 PM

I observe Woodworking Safety Week June 18-24 and lock the shop up tight that week to prevent any injuries from happening. This also happens to be the week that I am gone to the annual Naked Skeet Shoot…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#15 posted 05-02-2012 08:40 PM

Official US Observation Days designated by Congress

36 U.S.C. § 104 — Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day (First Saturday after Labor Day)
36 U.S.C. § 105 — Child Health Day (The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Monday in October as Child Health Day)
36 U.S.C. § 106 — Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (September 17)
36 U.S.C. § 107 — Columbus Day (The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation designating the second Monday in October as Columbus Day.)
36 U.S.C. § 109 — Father’s Day (Third Sunday in June)
36 U.S.C. § 110 — Flag Day (June 14)
36 U.S.C. § 111 — Gold Star Mother’s Day (Last Sunday in September)
36 U.S.C. § 113 — Law Day, U.S.A. (May 1)
36 U.S.C. § 114 — Leif Erikson Day (The President may issue each year a proclamation designating October 9 as Leif Erikson Day.)
36 U.S.C. § 115 — Loyalty Day (May 1)
36 U.S.C. § 116 — Memorial Day
36 U.S.C. § 117 — Mother’s Day (Second Sunday in May)
36 U.S.C. § 118 — National Aviation Day (August 19)
36 U.S.C. § 119 — National Day of Prayer (First Thursday in May)
36 U.S.C. § 120 — National Defense Transportation Day (The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation designating the third Friday in May as National Defense Transportation Day.)
36 U.S.C. § 124 — National Freedom Day (February 1)
36 U.S.C. § 125 — National Grandparents’ Day (The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Sunday in September after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.)
36 U.S.C. § 127 — National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day (July 27 of each year until 2003)
36 U.S.C. § 128 — National Maritime Day (May 22)
36 U.S.C. § 129 — National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7)
36 U.S.C. § 134 — Pan American Aviation Day (The President may issue each year a proclamation designating December 17 as Pan American Aviation Day.)
36 U.S.C. § 135 — Parents’ Day (Fourth Sunday in July)
36 U.S.C. § 136 — Peace Officers Memorial Day (The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of Federal, State, and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.)
36 U.S.C. § 140 — Stephen Foster Memorial Day (The President may issue each year a proclamation designating January 13 Stephen Foster Memorial Day.)
36 U.S.C. § 141 — Thomas Jefferson’s birthday (April 13)
36 U.S.C. § 142 — White Cane Safety Day (The President may issue each year a proclamation designating October 15 as White Cane Safety Day.)
36 U.S.C. § 143 — Wright Brothers Day (December 17)
36 U.S.C. § 144 — Patriot Day (September 11)

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