Safety Week 2010 Begins!

May 10, 20105 Comments

It’s the beginning of Safety Week 2010 and it’s time for a whole lot of safety topics being posted for your consumption. While I’ll be posting safety related shows throughout the week, I found some great links I wanted to share. Safety is an important issue, but in some situations it can be humorous to look at, especially when it’s something that should be obvious what NOT to do.

Here’s three great videos I found on YouTube that highlight some common shop safety issues, especially what and how to avoid kickback. Hope you enjoy them, but more importantly, I hope you learn something from them.

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  1. Woodcanuck says:

    Wow….those kickback videos are some scary stuff. I’ve had a couple of instances of small offcuts not quite making it past the blade….one broke a window and the other almost broke my thumb. There was plenty of time between these two events for me to conveniently forget the healthy fear I should always have when I use a tablesaw.

    Thanks for doing the whole safety week thing…..unfortunately I think we all have to make some stupid mistakes in order to learn from them…having a safety week to remember them and keep it fresh in our minds is a great idea.

    I’ll put my safety helmet on and also say that they should have mentioned tablesaw bladeguards, splitters and riving knives. It won’t completely prevent these accidents, but it just might be enough to keep your fingers where they belong.

    Ian

    • Matt says:

      I couldn’t agree more! I felt a kickback several years ago that luckily resulted in nothing more than a bruise across my stomach, but it was enough to make me skiddish ever since.

      Hard to believe it can happen, but when it does…HOLY SMACK!!

  2. Doug McPherson says:

    It happened to me today. I think I’m taller than Matt though. My impact point directly below the stomach and only ever so slightly above the jewels. Scaaaarrrry.

    • Matt says:

      Just glad to hear you’re OK! It’ll always be one of the scariest things that happens in the shop.

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