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Forum topic by Ted posted 01-17-2013 12:44 AM 2282 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#1 posted 01-17-2013 12:47 AM

It’s always nice to learn a lesson without getting hurt. It’s a good reminder for all of us. I got hit by a bungee cord a few weeks ago, lucky it didn’t hit my eye.

Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 01-17-2013 12:47 AM

Glad you were using them. I need to more often as well.

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#3 posted 01-17-2013 12:53 AM

Glad you’re ok, Ted. That’s scary stuff. I’m already hard of hearing. I couldn’t make it if I was half blind too.

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#4 posted 01-17-2013 12:54 AM

Yup, you got lucky ! Best not to tempt fate again !

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#5 posted 01-17-2013 12:55 AM

You’ll shoot your eye out kid…..

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

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#6 posted 01-17-2013 12:57 AM

give it a few more years kids and you won’t have to remember to put them on…they will already be there or you won’t be able to find your way to your shop…sigh…

all kidding aside, you have 10 fingers, only 2 eyes. Docs might be able to fix the former.

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#7 posted 01-17-2013 01:00 AM

Ted, glad to hear those things did the job for you. I am a big advocate of safety glasses. Maybe you will inspire more people to wear them by sharing this story. I have to wear glasses when working due to diminishing close in vision. I bought ballistic grade lens for my glasses for the protection. EVen if I didn’t need my glasses, I would wear eyepro. Always.


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#8 posted 01-17-2013 01:03 AM

Glad you OK Ted, we all get a bit casual in the worlshop with the old saying ”:will never happen to me”.
Thanks for sharing, now I must go find my pair.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#9 posted 01-17-2013 01:04 AM

paratrooper…your eyes are fine…the problem is that your arms are getting shorter and those new CFL bulbs don’t give off enough light.

that’s my story anyway…

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#10 posted 01-17-2013 01:04 AM

Glad you are ok! Ok, may be streching it, glad you’re not hurt!!!

I’m also glad that the brad hit the lens of your glasses and not in your face. That could have ruined your photogenic charm!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#11 posted 01-17-2013 01:08 AM

teejk, I wish I could blame it on the bulbs. But a few years ago, I noticed I couldn’t group rounds in one hole anymore. So I checked with the eye doc and he confirmed it. Back to one one hole groups now :)

The glasses pull double duty for safety.

-- Mike

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#12 posted 01-17-2013 01:27 AM

paratrooper…amazing how fast the eyes go when they decide to go. I did finance work for years looking at tiny little spreadsheet numbers…never a problem…then I started to notice problems with low light while reading. The eyes do wear out with age (my condition is called “tired eye”)...eye doc says keep doing the drug store “cheaters” until I need a guide dog to bring me back in. Far vision is fine (in fact I can read your mailbox number from here).

the safety glass people charge a huge premium for magnification so I normally only wear my cheaters…dangerous I know because of the shatter possibility but I also value my other body parts and avoid doing stupid stuff.

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#13 posted 01-17-2013 01:37 AM

Having a nail shooting at your eye is a wake up call. Complacency is ok until you get injured. Thanks for the reminder and glad you didn’t get hurt.

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#14 posted 01-17-2013 01:54 AM

I didn’t expect so many replies so quickly. I figured I should post about this little incident as a wake up call for anyone else who, like myself, have become complacent on these matters.

There are some tasks that I won’t even consider doing without the proper protection, like running my table saw or bench grinder or running really fast toward a sharp stick and stopping just in the nick of time. Not that I’ve ever tried that, but if I did I would certainly wear the proper protection… just in case.

It’s important that we pay equal attention to the seemingly unlikely cases where safety is a concern. Kind of like walking on an icy cliff… that first slip can easily be the last, and nobody’s gonna call me brave for falling.

hmmmm… ballistic lenses… how much would those set me back?

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#15 posted 01-17-2013 01:59 AM

I had a similar issue this summer with the weed eater. I didn’t typically wear glasses when weed eating and I’m not even sure I grabbed them that day. The weed eater picked up a rock about the size of a marble which ricochet off the foundation and hit me square in the safety glasses with enough force to put a chip in them. I don’t think i’d have lost an eye, but I’ll bet I would have been reminded of my stupidity for weeks to come.

I’ve worn the glasses ever since.

Glad your ok too Ted. Hopefully we lived and learned.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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