Originally Posted by MARTINSR
I post this for no other reason than a genuine heartfelt concern for you all. This life is too short to shorten it even more, or to effect your way of life in your later years. I have a co-worker who I watched work every day without protection of any kind, he just worked every day and didn't take the 30 seconds to get his protection. He was about 48 when met him and he was in very bad shape, now at 60, he is near bed ridden and largely do not protecting himself. His knees are gone, he can't breath, he is shot.
The sad part is I am watching his son who is 28 doing the same thing!
Guys, buy a few pairs of ear muff style protection, a few pairs of goggles, a box of particle masks a few pieces of foam to kneel on, a few pairs of gloves, and put them around the shop in designated areas. Return them to the same spot every time, then you aren't looking for them, you have one in arms reach at all times no matter where you are in the shop. This is what I have had to do to get into the habit and keep it up. We are all different, that is what I had to do.
Time yourself, I can't express this enough, no kidding, time yourself doing daily tasks. While you are sitting on the couch, put a stop watch going at how long it takes you to stand up and go get a beer or go to the bathroom, how long does it take? It takes seconds folks, just seconds to do most of these tasks every day. We have such a skewed image of time. We all think we need to be a foot from that car in front of us like it will get us to work faster, the guy in front of us is having a hard time with his debit card at the store and we are fuming because it's taking so long, we are talking SECONDS here, these things take seconds! And so does protecting yourself.
Those seconds pay off in years at the end of your life.
I agree with you totally. Back when I first started in the trades we didn't wear hearing,or eye protection. Then "THEY" started to tell us to wear the stuff, most of us resisted. Next "THEY" required us to wear the stuff.
Fast forward : today I have lost most hearing the one ear, had numerous trips to the eye Dr. over the years to get foreign objects removed from both of my eyes, everything from aluminum dust to hot oil. Luckily never had a penetration wound to the eye. Have had numerous sutures placed in my hands, even had a 1/4" wide blade screwdriver shoved completely thru the left hand between the thumb and pointer finger. Broken fingers, toes, foot, blown out knee to name a few other woops.
Installed some 2" pipe a while ago, far end of pipe fell, I tried to save it, blew out my back. Haven't worked since, and haven't felt good since either. A good part of evey day is spend in the recliner or bed. One surgery that was unsuccessful, numerous injections, still getting worse. One of the nations top Neurosurgeons says it is what it is and if it is operated on again the outcome will only be worse.
EVERYONE needs to learn from the old farts.
We didn't listen and now pay the price.
We try and let you know the wrong way to do things so you too don't have to end up worn out and hurting in your retirement years.
Brian, keep sounding that warning bell, hopefully you can stop some from getting injured and later regretting their laziness or stupidity like me.