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    Quote Originally Posted by KBs PensNmore View Post
    On a similar line, where I help out at the local """"""" shed, on of the "Volunteers" cut the back of his hand on a mitre saw, by having his right hand on the switch and his left hand holding the piece of timber on the right hand side of the saw.
    In other words he had his arms crossed over, he's a Southpaw. Outcome we're not allowed to use any machinery until further notice!!!!
    Kryn
    Betcha they fit the machines with SOPs Safe operating procedures which all are required to read understand and sign off on before they use the machines.
    It is required in the Manual Arts Depts in schools and I know of one local shed that was going to follow suit.

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    Jesus that thing is terrifying, how a man of such intellectual capacity made it to the ripe old age of 73 is the real surprise

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    Quote Originally Posted by NedsHead View Post
    Jesus that thing is terrifying, how a man of such intellectual capacity made it to the ripe old age of 73 is the real surprise
    Not hard to these days. People are well protected in this country.
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    On a similar line, where I help out, one of the Volunteers cut the back of his hand on the mitre saw which was on a 45 degree cutting angle. The piece he was cutting was about 90 X 12. His right hand was on the switch and the left was holding the timber, but on his right side. As it was the 12 being vertical, it lifted the plastic guard exposing the blade, he basically had his arms crossed as he was cutting.
    As Mike 4 said "The biggest problem is "you cant fix stupid" "
    As a result, we have been banned temporarily from using any machines, until further safety steps are put in place.
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    Shrugs shoulders.
    Darwin rules.

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    Well I heard a new one today. Something I never considered.

    People (and it is or was quite common apparently) actually put 14" cut off wheels on 9" angle grinders.

    I shook my head when I heard that one.
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    RC, is that the one where the blade disintegrated??? I saw something like that on the news, I think it was???
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    No, I was just talking to the saleperson at the local welding supplier getting some 9" grinding wheels and we were discussing how 9" grinders are out of fashion these days on worksites. Then he mentioned the fitting of 14" cut off wheels. So I mentioned the circular saw blade.
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    I will stick my neck out here and say the man probably did not have an engineering trade background. There are people that retire and have some sort of Heath Robinson vision, thinking they have the good (sic) idea but don;t have the practical trade background/ knowledge to back the idea up.

    Even the most uneducated and poorly trained engineering type person will know that this is not the safe thing to do.

    Angle grinders have a designed speed which correlates to the edge feet or metres per speed to efficiently run the cutting/grinding tool attached to them.
    Fixing a much larger tool to the grinder buggers up the safe calcualtion by the designers/engineers of the tool and places the tool in a dangerous operating condition.

    Any rotating tool where the guard piece is removed just screams unsafe to me. A situation where the tool is unguarded, out of balance or just too damn heavy to operate is one where I take stock and decide not to use the tool.

    Perhaps these persons can understand the hazard but just believe they are so darn intelligent they can avoid being hurt.

    The amount of people who don't understand the basics of mounting a grinding or cutting wheel on a grinder is daunting. I recently stopped a friend of a neighbour using a grinder as I noticed the wobble and vibration coming from the machine.he had no idea you are not to use a dished wheel with flatwashers larger than the dished section.The act of tightening the disc nut was crushing the bibre disc and this loon carried on regardless.

    Dumbfounded and flabbergasted,

    Grahame

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    Possibly a contributing factor is the availability of machines like this for $40 on Gumtree. No handle or guard.
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    Just Darwin in action.
    If it happens often enough, the intelligence of the remaining population may actually rise a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcaffin View Post
    Just Darwin in action.
    If it happens often enough, the intelligence of the remaining population may actually rise a bit.

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    No, most of the silly people would not use angle grinders. They do not visit Emanuel Labour.
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    Hi Guys,

    Talk about stupid ! A neighbour building a timber decking was using a 125mm angle grinder with a TCT saw blade on it, no guard, he had removed it because he couldn't fit the saw blade with it in place. He got very shirty when I called him an idiot, warning him, trying to warn him of the risk that he was taking. Five minutes later the noise stopped and swearing commenced ! He had managed to cut through the power cable and blown the main circuit breaker. After asking me for help, unable to get it to reset, I suggested he gets an electrician to come out and sort it. At least he will keep his fingers a little longer.

    EDIT: This incident occurred about two hours ago...
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    Hard to imagine anything more ridiculous. He should pre-book at the ER.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike4 View Post
    I have always removed the locking mechanism from any of my larger grinders and drills as they all will twist your arm off or worse if they grab.

    Michael
    Broke three fingers using a drill in exactly that way.

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