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  1. #14
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    I've got two years in next week with nothing serious and no missed work. But those minor incidents I shook off could have been much worse. One time I was simply in a hurry, trying to get a family back into heat the day before Thanksgiving; stepping out of my truck with some 4" pipe and a 543T and missed the back bumper entirely. That's about three feet of nothing.

    However it really sounds like your guy, his bosses or both of them are making unwise decisions. Four times in four years requiring that much time off seems excessive...

  2. #15
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    There is no 'risk free' life... yet we all manage our risks. Just life.

    I have been doing residential work for over a decade... nothing serious has happened to me. Yes, the minor stuff happens... just part of working with one's hands and body... yet major stuff is avoidable if one pays attention and thinks BEFORE doing something.

    Job safety is a choice... make it wisely.
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  3. #16
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    If only I had a dollar for each time I gotten shocked ....

  4. #17
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    It seems that all trade work is potentially dangerous. i have been hurt a few times in the last 35 years, in 2 different trades.
    A good friend that has been a wood worker for at least 30 years cut off 2 fingers last week.
    I guess computer guys get eye strain and carpal tunnel problems.

  5. #18
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    I like to cut tendons, two surgeries in the last five years, six months sense my last tendon repair. I don't do duct work anymore so I should be getting off the surgeons mailing list.
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    be aware of your surroundings and ALWAYS make sure the leads on your amp meter are working.

  7. #20
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    That's is not normal! There is no question commercial and even residential HVAC is dangerous work. That being said. Does your husband laugh at safety and call it ridiculous or take it serious and do his best to avoid dangerous situations? Is he just trying to impress his boss?

    I have guys that think they are doing me a favor by taking risks to get the job done. Their great guys with big hearts and their really smart. I usually sit them down and explain that the compensation rates are way to high that I can't take the risk and really they don't want to send time injured unable to play with their kids. I would much rather have them go back to the shop and grab the right equipment to do the job safely.

    I don't know how it is in the USA but in Canada now if an employee gets hurt the employer is automatically guilty and then must prove their innocents by providing the records of the employees safety training.

    I hope your husband can find something safer for him to do as an occupation.

  8. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by D1DR View Post
    That's is not normal! There is no question commercial and even residential HVAC is dangerous work. That being said. Does your husband laugh at safety and call it ridiculous or take it serious and do his best to avoid dangerous situations? Is he just trying to impress his boss?

    I have guys that think they are doing me a favor by taking risks to get the job done. Their great guys with big hearts and their really smart. I usually sit them down and explain that the compensation rates are way to high that I can't take the risk and really they don't want to send time injured unable to play with their kids. I would much rather have them go back to the shop and grab the right equipment to do the job safely.

    I don't know how it is in the USA but in Canada now if an employee gets hurt the employer is automatically guilty and then must prove their innocents by providing the records of the employees safety training.

    I hope your husband can find something safer for him to do as an occupation.
    Something we have in the states also is a contractors safety rating. That rating is a factor for most large industrial facilities. If your rating is less then a certain level you cannot even bid on their work. Do for the employer it is extremely important to enforce safety policies. One to many claims and millions of dollars can be lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy knocker View Post
    Something we have in the states also is a contractors safety rating. That rating is a factor for most large industrial facilities. If your rating is less then a certain level you cannot even bid on their work. Do for the employer it is extremely important to enforce safety policies. One to many claims and millions of dollars can be lost.
    This also applies to government work like the project I work at.

  10. #23
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    Been burned, cut, bit, stung, shocked, pulled muscles, torn ligaments, heat stroke and more in my career. It physical work and sometimes in incredibly dangerous locations. You have to always be aware of your conditions and surroundings as well as your co-workers. Most of our older tear down guys have some kind of artificial joint. Goes with the territory. As I have gotten older I have learned to work smarter and get help when I need it.

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    Just slow down and watch what your doing. Don't try and impress anybody and use your PPE every time!


    Lets go, burnin daylight.

  12. #25
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    I've got 10 years in with no major injuries. Never missed any time from an injury. Sure I've had my share of small stuff but that's no big deal.

    Here a thought that I didn't see mentioned and I mean no offense in it so I hope it doesn't get taken the wrong way. Possible pill problem. All the people that I knew who would always get hurt at work had pill problems.

    From there it can be a chicken or egg theory. Is a person clumsy, gets hurt than gets hooked. Or is someone already hooked then gets "hurt" and has too keep going to the doctor for the pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blazey10 View Post
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    Just slow down and watch what your doing. Don't try and impress anybody and use your PPE every time!


    Lets go, burnin daylight.
    Ouch. My uncle list his arm from his elbow down in a steel factory.

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