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    Default Goggles and karma

    This is a brief description of a recent experience to remind people like me what happens when karma bites your butt.

    I'd worked many years in the power industry. Even though an office worker, trips to manufacturing and test sites meant lectures and strict adherence to simple and basic safety rules. No open toed shoes, wear goggles, know where the emergency power shutoff is, stay in marked aisles, don't get under heavy bits, etc. Motivation was clear as injuries from flouting rules could be crippling, fatal, sometimes even embarassing.

    Now I've retired and I'm my own safety officer. Of course I screwed up around the time covid was heating up. Just a little bit of grinding and using a cutoff wheel without goggles. I'd assumed my glasses would protect my eyes. They'd always done so. Nope. I suffered from a day of eye irritation before deciding to visit expensive professionals to remove bits of grit from one eye.

    An emergency room person numbed my eye, poked around with a sharp thingie all the while saying to keep my focus still and unmoving or I'd have a worse injurie. She sounded irritated. Then to an opthamalogist for mopping up. More numbed eye, more sharp things and then a buffer; smooth out the rough spots? Better attitude though and more reassuring.

    Anyway, no damage done, only a few days dealing with eye irritation and many dollars spent unneccesarily.

    Regards,
    P

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    BobL is online now Member: Blue and white apron brigade
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    Good reminder.

    Table below from a 1996 Vic study on DIY injuries.
    VISS presentations = hospital emergency presentations
    VISS Admissions - admitted into hospitals
    Those ladders have something to answer for - or least the users of the ladders?
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    Hi guyf2000

    Welcome to our MetalWork forums.

    Angle grinders create a draught in which metal and rust particles are picked up and can find themselves on the wrong side of safety glasses and face sheilds.Or alternately particles can be find their way into our hair and later be dislodged into our eyes. I have had both happen in 50 year career in Metalfabrication.

    The safety glasses prevents the high speed direct impact to the eye surface.

    Even with glasses and face sheild it is still possible to have a FB lodged in your eye.


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    BobL is online now Member: Blue and white apron brigade
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    I have several pairs of goggles in my shed but I prefer to use a full face shield like this one.

    The photo shows a custom made thin kerf cutting saw and metal dust extraction (red arrow) that catches most of the sparks coming off the top of the wheel.
    I have lifted the guard (plastic shield and Al angle arm) and held it in place with a small plastic spring clamp so the sparks that escape the dust collection can be seen.
    The vast majority of the sparks are squirted under the saw table into a baked bean can. That can gets real hot when extended cutting takes place.

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