I almost never wear hearing or eye protection. I just hate them since they muddle my senses and make me feel less safe, even though I know better. I just can't be bothered.
The only exception is when I'm grinding metal or when the operation I'm performing is throwing dust or other material directly into the face. Then the safety glasses go on.
When ripping wood I don't use a push stick unless the cut requires my hand get within two or so inches of the blade. Never had an incident. I took those worthless safety pawls off the table saw, because they obstruct my view of the cut being made. I leave the riving knife on, because I know that actually is important for preventing kickback, and it is no inconvenience to leave it be.
I utilize the step above the one indicated to be the last safe step if need be.
What shop safety commandments do you break on a regular basis?
Get better PPE if it gets in your way.
My safety glasses are scuffed to fuck, because they came from a dollar store. Better glasses wouldn't scuff.
*Each and every one of those scuffs is something that hit them instead of my eye.*
I always wear safety glasses, used to it from my army days. I've got a nice pair of ICE crossbows that I don't even realize I'm wearing anymore. Came home from the shop the other night and forgot I was wearing them. The wife's staring at me across the dinner table like I have a dick on my forehead.
Ear defenders... Well, I wear over the ear headphones and jam out while I work, that counts I guess lol my bearings fucked from the military anyway.
Push sticks... I'm in that same boat with OP, pretty much don't use them until I need to push near the blade.
I ALWAYS use large over the ear hearing protection when using any of my power tools. I try to protect what hearing I have left, previous hearing loss has really made me crazy about it.
I am bad about eyes though, I only use it when it's handy or when it's too blatantly obvious that you should have it (like angle grinder with a cutting wheel)
I use push sticks if they are needed, but if I have 4 to 5 iches of room I don't bother.
I don't ever wear a respirator because I don't have one, it's quickly getting to the top of my list to buy though. I'm starting to get very sensitive to vapors from stain or gas or carb cleaner and solvents. It's weird, immediate blinding headaches.
If you're working with wood you should have a respirator.
I wear mine constantly. It's annoying some times and I have dust collection.
The push sticks thing, I don't use them on a band saw or on my jointer because they're not really suited to the task. I should get pressure pad type push handles for the jointed but there's plenty guards anyways
Even if the glasses are "muddling" your senses, wouldn't you rather get a bruise in the gut or leg, than a splinter in your eye? I've been doing woodworking a while, I always take extreme care to perform safe cuts with every tool I use. Wood is unpredictable at times and I've had a good number of things hit my eyeglasses, 1 or 2 of them would have certainly damaged my eye permanently.
And after a gust of wind blew aluminum dust into my eyes, I don't drill without glasses either. Heck the only thing I'll do without glasses, is mark my wood.
I wish I could afford earphone style hearing protection and eye protection. I feel retarded sometimes cutting plywood wearing a old motorcycle helmet. But its either that or attach my saws guard back on.. But when cutting green wood the little wood chips just get all caught up on the guard and holy shit is it annoying to unplug to unjam for 5 minutes the wood chips.
You're kidding right? Earmuffs cost like $10 and a face shield costs about the same. Safety glasses can be had for $5.
How the hell can you afford a motorcycle helmet and not basic PPE?
take care of your hands and eyes. you only get one pair.
the reason rules about safety is going so strong these days is because when the old folk was young they were working with people with 7 fingers, one eye and could barely hear. and the rule back then was to let people learn the hard way because they had to.
i always wear safety glasses and hearing protection. glasses because vision is the last sense i wan't to lose and hearing protection because the fucksticks i work with has the radio on all day.
I ware glasses on a regular basis. I just need them to see.
But ever since the time in college I saw a beaker explode and blind a guy standing in front of me I always make sure I keep at leas one person between me and the hazardous activity.
But all jokes aside eyes are fragile keep them protected.
I always wear eye safety when I'm working with tools.
Told my story before but here it goes again.
I was working on a fan a few years back. One from a dehumidifier. I normally wear regular glasses but I often taken them off at night because I don't need them for the computer or TV.
I took them off that night and was trying to balance the blades on the fan because they were making it unit vibrate like fuck.
I was holding the fan in my hand sitting on the table. Well the fan was old and it shorted out on the case in my hand. So the shock caused me to slam the fan into my face, namely my eye, as hard as I could.
The eye swelled up and I couldn't open it for over a week. I had extreme sensitivity to light for about a month. Once I got into the eye doctor they put me on steroids to slow down the healing of my eye.
Turns out I smashed my eye so hard with the fan, that through my closed eye lid I basically caused my eye to compress so much that it blew my cornea open like a flap. The doctor actually didn't believe me at first and told me it looked almost like a botched LASIK surgery.
Well basically it healed together fine with no infection, but has enough scarring right in the center of my eye that I now have about 20/200 vision uncorrected in that eye 20/100 with glasses. I used to have 20/10 in that eye.
They had wanted to give me a corneal transplant before to fix it, but now they've decided that it wouldn't be worth it.
So yeah, wear eye protection.
I dont know how often your work with loud machinery but hearing protection is super important.
Its bad enough i was an idiot with blaring music all through highschool but after a year of working next to a giant auger without ear protection ive most definitely done permenent damage to my ears.
I have to turn the treble down on music and avoid metal on metal of any kind.
>prolonged exposure to loud noise causes permenents damage
>Feels bad man
Wtf, did they give you stitches or a protective contact? Waz this in the 70s in soviet Russia?
Sorry, that sounds like it was totally treatable. Check statute of limitations, you might get 500k out of him for loss of limb malpractice. Get a second opinion and bring your old charts about it.
Tinnitus is pretty fucking awful isnt it.
I have to sleep with a white noise machine, if not my ears start ringing so loud that I say something out loud and the ringing drowns it out. White noise tricks my ears into ringing at a tolerable level.
Squeaky foam, treble, anything like that shoots pain through your head.
Wear your earplugs at concerts kids.
there was this new guy at our shop who had his sleeves like this when using a table saw because his hands were cold. usually he'd look around at the other workers while cutting. sometimes he'd let go of the piece mid-cut to have a cigarette puff. and sometimes he huffed the lacquer thinner.
By the time the swelling had gone down to the point I could open my eye and by the time I could see my regular eye doctor, the bulk of the healing had occurred, there was no need for stitches and a protective contact would no nothing except lower risk of infection.
Eye's aren't a limb, I'm not considered blind in the eye, and the doctor is at no fault. I also saw four different eye doctors about it, the first referred me to a cornea specialist who is the one I mention above. After my initial treatment I went to my cousin who is an optometrist (because she wanted to see) and one of her former professors who teaches Ophthalmological Surgery.
Get some Surefire Sonic Defenders. I use them for for shooting, you can leave the flaps open and it deadens the loud noises but you can still hear everything. Plus, you can buy them at Walmart for 14 buck and take them back if you don't like em.
>that second video
Holy shit, I know he was trying to warn people about kickback, but why the hell would he demonstrate it when he knew the risks? The blade was close enough to clean the dirt off his finger.
I was a dumbass in highschool shop class and got hit by a kick back. Hard lesson to learn, got a nasty scar and lucky to have my fingers.
That was the day I got respect for power tools.
On the subject of PPE, how the fuck can I get a fiberglass insulation job done when I wear goggles to protect my eyes but my paper respirator diverts humid breathing into my goggles?
I'm not shelling out huge bankrolls to get expensive PPE for ONE 4 HOUR JOB
go for the hearing protection bro
>if your ears are ringing after you turn off machine u need hearing pro
and opt for facehshield then using grinder/cutoffwheels
>they can explode into over9000 peices at any moment
Use hand plane/hand saw correctly, no need for hearing protecting, no kick back, no splinters thrown, dust collection is broom and dust pan, surprisingly more efficient than Norm Abrams gives credit for! Half kidding, but yeah, an ounce of prevention IS worth a pound of cure, even if you think you're bulletproof.
The nose clip should bend over your nose to create a seal with your face and prevent exhaled air from fogging up your goggles.
As a surgical assistant I spend hours wearing that uncomfortable shit, but fitting it properly saves you a lot of trouble later on.