Last week I got a text regarding my grandson: “Connor Mac at the ER … seven stiches in his chin.” Such is life for a 7 year old. But as they say about the apple and the tree, I confess to having spent some time being repaired in various settings. Recently, while working alone at my cabin, a ladder collapsed under me, and it was only with excellent luck that I did not end up seriously hurt. It was a foolish accident and 100% my fault. (Apparently I am no longer 25 … or even 50 years old.)
Which has brought a new perspective to my shop behavior. While I have always been pretty careful in terms of proper technique and safety gear, I am now spending a little more forethought on lifting, unloading and things like properly supporting my work. Perhaps a little late, but at least I am still in the game.
So what about you? Do you take precautions beyond typical shop safety? If so, what are they? Perhaps we can all benefit from your experience.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
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