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Doug15/05/2008 21:51:00
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I`ve been to fetch some steel today, a huge 40'high gantry was being dissasembled. I asked where my steel was & was shown, i was then told i`d have to wear a hard hat.

Now bearing in mind the crane was removing the top most 32' x 16" x 6" rsj`s i asked H&S guy if he could tell me exactly what good the hard hat would do if the rsj dropped from 40'.

He still hadn`t got an answer by the time i left, fully loaded. Its still making me smile 6 hours later.

Scrit23/05/2008 20:35:00
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It's obvious to me that you're completely unaware that hard hats are made from the worlds strongest material, even the carbon fibre monocoques taht F1 racing teams can't hold a candle to it. Were the Empire State building were to fall on the hard hat it would survive. Amazing, but true. Unfortunately you'd still be flattened...........


Olly Parry-Jones24/05/2008 14:10:00
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Yeah, I think they put one inside a caravan on Braniac once, blew the 'van up and the hardhat was one of the few things which survived in tact!
derek willis24/05/2008 14:31:00
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Johnstone's Safety is near here, and when we built their new ware house some years ago, I became quite familiar with the management, and witnessed some of the stringent tests on the safety helmets they wre moulding, hard to believe what they did to them and they still stood up.


Bob22/04/2008 17:12:00
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Having decided to go to night school to learn to do some joints properly, I was told that you shouldn't use the palm of your hand, as a half way stage between hand paring and a mallet; apparently this can cause a 'pulse' of blood to your heart and can cause a heart attack.

This is the first I have heard of this, is this right?

David J22/04/2008 17:52:00
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Gosh, I've never heard that one before.

Woodworker22/04/2008 17:59:00
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Blimey, things have changed since I was at college! Never heard anything along those lines Bob.
Rob Johnson22/04/2008 18:17:00
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Heart attack! No! But it can cause a lot of pain, to the base of your thumb.

In 25+ years in the trade have  never seen someone drop down with a H/A by giving the chisel a little extra umph. However I have had a very sore palm that lasted several days!

So it is best to use a mallet or hammer or monkey wrench in preference to your hand, as tempting as it may be, when said mallet is 1/4 mile away in boot of car due to rubbish parking rules in LONDON,(Grrrrrr).

(alternatively use the hand of someone you really don't like and hope for the worst )

wood magnet22/04/2008 18:58:00
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Sounds like a load of rubbish to me Bob, or is that why parents/teachers/coppers cant give kids a slap nowadays, in case it causes a blood clot to the heart.
Big Al22/04/2008 21:07:00
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The lunatics have taken over the asylum!
Andy King22/04/2008 21:13:00
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Sounds to me like the only clots here are the jobsworths who get paid to come up with these ridiculous notions!

What about other situations where your hands strike things? Olga Korbut would have conked out halfway through her first routine in the olympics!



Mike Garnham22/04/2008 21:31:00
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.....and a cricket ball hitting my hands at 80 or 90 MPH about 300 times a day for twenty years surely would have been a bit worse than helping a chisel along a bit! I've never heard such tosh......


Andy King22/04/2008 21:49:00
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You're lucky to be alive Mike!!!



OldHand23/04/2008 09:09:00
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A few months ago, rec.woodworking carried a report from a tradesman carver who has suffered severe damage to his hand from a lifetime's use (I think) of the base of his thumb to strike the gouge handle.

 I guess that using the palm could do even more damage, and be quite painful.

Olly Parry-Jones23/04/2008 13:53:00
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I'm guilty of doing this quite often, although my hear is still beating at a regular rate.

Did anyone see the Ben Huggins series when they used to show it on Discovery Real Time on Sky? I remember he used to an offcut of oak as a mallet!

I'd say it's much worse to use a hammer (not the side of the head) where you'll either splt the chisel handle or miss and really hurt yourself!

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