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Posted on What Scares You In The Shop?

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Brad_Nailor

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#1 posted 11-10-2009 03:26 AM

What scares me most in my shop is being in a hurry. Some of the most dangerous situations I have been in (and thankfully didn’t get hurt from) were because I was in a hurry or thinking about something else. No matter how small, quick, easy or insignificant you feel the operation might be, it demands your full, undivided, not rushed, attention. Take the time to think about how you will execute whatever it is your doing…where will your hands be…what might go wrong….assume nothing and take everything seriously. Just the other day, I did something with my chop saw that I am too embarrassed to even say, and I am lucky I can still count to ten…and why? Because it was late in the day..I was tired…I wanted to be finnished..I thought it was a quick little cut and I could get away with what I was doing…..and before I knew it the piece was flying into the fence and then the blade and then exploding in my face with a loud smack. Needless to say after a quick digit count and a change of shorts I was more angry at myself than anything else…I am always careful, and plan out every cut I make…I always listen to that voice inside of me that says”you shouldn’t try this..its too dangerous” but for some reason I didn’t take the time..or listen to my safety voice….and that could have been the “time” I hurt myself. Its one thing if things go bad when you have taken every precaution and its another thing when they go bad because you were being stupid..or lazy. Sorry for the tirade…but you asked what scares me in my shop…and that scared me…and slowed me down quite a few notches!

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