I want to do another safety related blog entry before Woodworkers Safety Week gets away from us…
In the shop we should use all of our senses to detect danger. Well, use touch as the last sense for detection. Ya know…if you are unsure whether your table saw is on you should listen for the motor or look for the moving blade before reaching out to touch the spinning carbide.
I think our eyes are the most valuable safety tool we have. Hopefully, we see dangers. Even when we know dangers are present we use our eyes to determine our proximity to them.
So the Jeff Skiver Safety Tip of the day is…make sure your vision is clear by avoiding tears that can cause distorted vision. Therefore, never go to work in the shop immediately after watching any of the following movies:
1) Brian’s Song
2) Old Yeller
3) Love Story
5) The Way We Were
7) My Girl
9) Forrest Gump
10) Pay It Forward
11) I Am Sam
12) Schindler’s List
14) Saving Private Ryan
15) Blazing Saddles
Also, if you are in the shop and any of the following songs come on the radio, IMMEDIATELY STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:
1) Wildfire by Michael Martin Murphey
2) Honey by Bobby Goldsboro
3) Diary by Bread
4) Think of Laura by Christopher Cross
5) How Do You Mend a Broken Heart by the Bee Gees
6) Still by The Commodores
7) Alone Again, Naturally by Gilbert O’Sullivan
Finally, if you have been reading ANYTHING written by Nicholas Sparks then you should stay away from your shop for at least 4 weeks after you finish the book. You may think you are okay at 3 weeks, but you aren’t. Even three and a half weeks after finishing Message In A Bottle I would spontaneously break down into uncontrollable fits of agonizing tears. Nicholas Sparks requires FOUR FULL WEEKS!!!!!! You’ve been warned.