I was over at The CNC Report earlier today and a video posted on the front page caught my eye. Basically a couple of kids messing around with a lathe and one of them literally gets thrown over and his foot caught in the chuck. Big laughs all around. I know the saying, boy’s will be boy’s, but this is no laughing matter. That kid was lucky it was in low gear or he could have lost his foot. You can see the idiocy below:
Okay, so do I sound like your old shop teacher yet?
Hey, I was young once. I’d watch safety video’s like this one and crack jokes with the rest of the guys. Outside joking in the classroom I took this stuff seriously. Getting lackadaisical around these machines can cost you an appendage or even your life. Whether you’re working on a CNC machine or lathe in a large shop or just pursuing a CNC hobby, we all have to be mindful of what we are doing and to never treat our machines as play toys.
CNC Machine Safety Pointers
Since I’m harping on safety you can find a pdf with general safety do’s and don’ts here: SAFETY. While many of these are common sense I’d like to emphasize one of them that some people, particularly some of the newer guys out there, don’t seem to get.
Never Wear Gloves.
How about you? Do you have a recommended CNC Machine safety pointer you’d like to share? If so, let me know in the comments!