That Can’t Be Safe! A Visit to the Shingle Mill
That can’t be safe!
I’ve had my fair share of industrial labor jobs. Now I look back and count myself lucky that each one of those jobs was relatively safe. Until recently, I took for granted how seriously safety issues are regarded in America’s work places.
Even though my grandfather died on an industrial construction site, I didn’t realize how far we’ve come with job-site safety until, as research for an article, I visited a shingle mill.
I was astonished at how dangerous it looked. This is not a slam against the owners of the mill. They were very kind for inviting me in. Their product was top notch and they assured me that they had routine safety inspections and their record was very good.
However, I couldn’t stop thinking that it looked incredibly dangerous.
I saw the below video on Youtube — uh, during my lunch break — and was struck by how casual the guy operating the saw looks. It gives me the shivers. Shouldn’t there be some guard around that blade?
I now officially take back any swearing, cussing, cursing, obscene diatribes, or other uncomplimentary utterances I have made concerning the stupidity and inconvenience of seemingly excessive safety regulations.
Want to see a more REALLY BIG saw blades? Click here for a slide show of my saw mills tour.