AG: running stop signs.
On Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:09:12 -0500, Frank Krygowski
On 11/24/2017 12:32 AM, John B. wrote:
Back when I was in the Air Force the Safety Manual had it that the
vast majority of accidents were caused by unsafe acts and I believe
that the current theory hasn't changed.
On the other hand it seems that the Safety Managers have given up
trying to keep the fools from sticking their finger in the power saw
and now are relying more and more on building things so that you can't
stick you finger in the hole.
When I was fresh out of school and just started working as a plant
engineer, one of my first duties was to supervise the installation of a
certain machine. It had two steel pinch rollers at the very top that
pulled in a six foot wide web of material for processing.
When the installation was done, the plant safety committee came around
to inspect. They looked at those pinch rollers (about 8 feet up above
ground level) and called over the tallest workman they could find. They
asked him to stand on tiptoe on a nearby step and see if he could reach
He strained and strained to reach up over the top of the machine, then
said "Yeah, I can just barely touch one of them." Immediately the head
of the safety team said "We need a trip cord across there, so if someone
tries that, it will immediately shut the machine down."
I had a somewhat similar experience. The Wing was undergoing its
annual "Operational Readiness" inspection and part of that inspection
is, of course, a safety inspection.
The safety inspector came in the shop and after inspecting the shop
for some time said, "where is something unsafe? I've got to write
something up." I pointed to a floor mounted drill press that had a
drive motor higher then the average man could reach and said, "That
belt guard is loose." I waved one of the troops over and told him to
tighten that belt guard."
The Safety Inspector wrote up "Loose Belt guard, corrected at time of
inspection", and we both were happy. I will admit though that the guy
I told to tighten the guard was a bit puzzled because it wasn't loose
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