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Spectric

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Just after I left school, I did a course in engineering, and during that course we were given a lecture by the health and safety executive. During it they put up full colour slides showing horrifically damaged limbs, hands,fingers that had become caught in machinery due to operator lack of concentration, clothing becoming entangled.
That was the way it was taught, a few pictures just replaced long boring lectures talking about the subject, being graphic hammered the message home. The other great learning tool is pain, that also gets the message home and makes you safer because you tend to remember the experience. The trouble today is that showing such images would probably be thought of as inhumane or might cause mental health issues to the delicate little snowflakes.

An image I still remember from many years ago in a site introduction talk, these days probably called a safety briefing was of a site worker, initially nothing looked amiss and it looked like he was just standing there, but when a closer shot was shown he was actually dead with a scaffold pole through his shoulder and pining him to the ground, someone had dropped the pole from many floors above.
 

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That was the way it was taught, a few pictures just replaced long boring lectures talking about the subject, being graphic hammered the message home. The other great learning tool is pain, that also gets the message home and makes you safer because you tend to remember the experience. The trouble today is that showing such images would probably be thought of as inhumane or might cause mental health issues to the delicate little snowflakes.

An image I still remember from many years ago in a site introduction talk, these days probably called a safety briefing was of a site worker, initially nothing looked amiss and it looked like he was just standing there, but when a closer shot was shown he was actually dead with a scaffold pole through his shoulder and pining him to the ground, someone had dropped the pole from many floors above.
Yes agreed words alone are soon forgotten but accompanied by a graphic image or video and the message stays with you forever- safety planning dynamic risk assessment and a generous helping of good old common sense will ensure you work safely be it machines, power tools or hand tools.
 

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I ran school workshops for nearly 20 years with no serious accidents - lots of minor abrasions/ splinters/ soldering iron burns but nothing else. I consider this to be a good record but it was due to a heavy emphasis on PPE and a positive expectation that everyone was thinking about working safely and looking out for others as well as close supervision when kids were turning/ milling/ brazing etc
The prescence of retired engineers working as technicians was also a large factor and if encouraged would certainly permit more adventurous activities to take place than currently happen in many schools where traditional Mach are replaced rather than augmented by lasers, cnc routers and 3D printers
 

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As mentioned above, I learnt early how to safely use machine tools. This was back in the day of a decent metal and woodwork rooms at school, staffed by teachers who knew what they were teaching. That has followed through to my (amateur) woodwork shop with machines such as a Wadkin radial arm saw that would cheerfully amputate a limb if not used correctly.

On a non-woodwork topic, before we were let loose on high power lasers we had to do a safety course. On this was a film of a Vietnam war veteran, who said that nothing in his active service prepared him for the horror of looking at the world through his blood filled eyeball because he was not using safety goggles.

After several hours of this sort of detail, I religiously wore laser safety googles for the next four years in the lab. Mind you the calculation of the beast I was working on was that a single 50ns pulse, if divided up without loss, was enough to cause eye damage to the population of London. You can see why goggles were essential wear!
 

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I also worked in education as a D&T technician, 15 years of it, H&S was drummed into us & we were pretty strict, result no serious accidents apart from minor cuts etc.
Healing up well now & a refresher course in H&S for me.
Best accident i heard of was a technician who managed to put his finger into a bandsaw while it was running, a year later on a H&S course he demonstrated to the trainer & his fellows how he did it & promptly repeated it again!
 

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I also worked in education as a D&T technician, 15 years of it, H&S was drummed into us & we were pretty strict, result no serious accidents apart from minor cuts etc.
Healing up well now & a refresher course in H&S for me.
Best accident i heard of was a technician who managed to put his finger into a bandsaw while it was running, a year later on a H&S course he demonstrated to the trainer & his fellows how he did it & promptly repeated it again!

OMG... the very definition of a stupid accident. It makes me wonder how some people survive childhood. Just lucky, I guess.
Long live the Darwin Award!
 

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Many years ago when I had just finished college and struggled to find a job I opted to take up a short state-run training course to fill the time and maybe improve my skills, it was a course in signwriting. As part of the course we needed to get some MDF cut up into rough rectangles and I volunteered to assist the school caretaker in cutting up the 8x4 sheets on the old Wadkin table saw in the schools woodwork room. As we were processing the material I noticed the man was mising a finger on one hand. When we were finished using the machine I asked him about it- he told me how he had lost it on this very machine years previously! Only then did I realise how foolish we were to be using the machine at all- it had no crown guard and no fence! It was only by the grace of God that the sheets weren't kicked back as he steadily passed them through freehand! This was around the very early 90s and H & S was only in it's infancy.
 
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