Today I’m thankful for close calls.
Gavin and I were working on a fun project in my workshop earlier today. We’re making a cryptex like in the Da Vinci Code to possibly make at his Cub Scout meetings. We took a break for supper and afterwards I went back up to do a little more work on it as Gavin chilled out inside.
One of the parts is a small little hunk of PVC cut off of a little PVC coupling. It was a small piece to start with and I had a little lapse in judgement. Instead of figuring out a way to cut it with my fingers at a safe distance I rushed into it and knew I could just hold it with my fingers within inches of the chop saw.
As you’re probably thinking right now…
Fortunately my fingers were spared, but only after the pressure from the saw on the hard plastic coupling caused the part to pop like a little explosion. Part of it must’ve hit my finger as my finger started throbbing and tingling. I stood there in stunned disbelief for a moment. As my brain was quickly piecing together what happened I started to do the quick check… Both eyes are good (because I wasn’t wearing safety glasses like I normally wear), fingers attached, no blood spraying anywhere, and no plastic parts impaled in me. That was a close call.
So how did my confidence grow to the point that I would pull a total dumbass move like that? Pretty simple, it’s been a long while since my last close call. Pretty sure it wasn’t even a close call, it was when I put the router bit into my hand (side note, if you ever need to measure 3/8″ without a ruler just let me know, my scar’s exactly that big).
After that accident I was super careful. Everything was by the book. Then over time I’d slip a little. I’d cut a small safety corner, and then another. Next thing I knew was putting up Christmas lights on the treehouse using homemade scaffolding with a ladder on top that probably wouldn’t be OSHA approved even in China.
So while I was a dumbass today I lived to be safe tomorrow. Thanks to a close call I’ll be sure to listen to the voice of Red Forman in my head next time and will take the little extra time to be safe.