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    I look around at the other guys at my shop, and I realize that I am among the few that have YET to be seriously injured. Many of our guys have been off for months with surgery and rehab for knees, shoulder and arm injuries.

    Worst that I have had was a broken foot from when I dropped a Copeland 'K' body on it. That was a nice owie!

    I know that my injury-free days are pretty much numbered. I work smarter and safer every day because of it.

    It also doesn't help much that I injured my back as a teenager. I had surgery on that at 15. It may acutally make me safer and smarter because I am always aware of that old injury and work to avoid aggravating it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thump_rrr View Post
    Be very careful with that one because there are many generalizations about race, religion, and nationality that can get you in big trouble.
    You are especially correct with that, particularly when those generalizations are true. Then, you can be in big trouble. People hate the truth.
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    My biggest work related injury was 3 days off with a sprained ankle in 1992.
    In the last 5 years I have taken 1 sick day total.
    This is why if I tell my boss I need a day off or I need to leave early I get it no questions asked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thump_rrr View Post
    My biggest work related injury was 3 days off with a sprained ankle in 1992.
    In the last 5 years I have taken 1 sick day total.
    This is why if I tell my boss I need a day off or I need to leave early I get it no questions asked.
    I pulled some muscles in my back in 1992, but I've been good since then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thump_rrr View Post
    Be careful because it can bite you in the ass at any age.
    I have had Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in my right hand for the past 5 years.
    It's not bad enough yet for me to get operated on but if I'm doing more than a few hundred feet of piping it can get bad for a few days.
    Staying in shape and listening to your body when it says it had enough is the key.
    I agree.... but how many employers listen to what your telling them about your health? My last boss moaned and groaned when I was out for 3 days because my ankles and hands had swollen up so much I couldnt bend them at the joints.
    if you have a pulled back muscle.... why should or would they expect you to do something that would injure it further? or even another piece of your body because you were favoring your back! Ever bruise a rib? Its painful... and if you dont let it heal... you can keep it killing ya for weeks!
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    I agree with JP my boss always says hire a guy with kids a mortgage and a car payment. I guess thats why I have a job

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    Quote Originally Posted by mustardman View Post
    I agree with JP my boss always says hire a guy with kids a mortgage and a car payment. I guess thats why I have a job
    good reason for not getting divorced too Huh???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbleheadski View Post
    good reason for not getting divorced too Huh???
    No not too bad as it stands right now my wife would get a bill if we split

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    Quote Originally Posted by thump_rrr View Post
    Be very careful with that one because there are many generalizations about race, religion, and nationality that can get you in big trouble.
    Don't forget creed, color and sexual orientation

    After all, it's a PC world in which we live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank shelley View Post
    I was very clear 5 yrs min, not an entry level position ect.
    Would this experience change the amount of experience you ask for on future job postings? Whether it is more time in the industry or giving the entry guys a shot, or do you think this guy was just a dud regardless?

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    No Ill stay set on shooting for 5+ yrs on apps. The guy was clearly one of part changers that think they're better than what they really are. A Master of BS and I think one of those that believe there own BS. He actually was a pretty nice guy.

    I paid my dues with rookies several times over the yrs giving them a chance to break in and get field experience. Its just plain to expensive now for me to provide there field education. Its kinda humerous when they come in fresh out of school and want to fill out an app. I'll look out and see they drove up in a 4-$600 a month vehicle. Find out they have a baby or 2, child support from another, lets not forget a DUI or 2 in the background. I'll fish a little and find out what they would ask to start. Thats when it humors me when they say they HAVE to make X amount and it rivals what I make.
    If I stay silent at that point inevidably some comment will get mentioned 'thats what the school I went to says I'll make when I graduate.'
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank shelley View Post
    If I stay silent at that point inevidably some comment will get mentioned 'thats what the school I went to says I'll make when I graduate.'
    not sure where you are located but around here that number is usually around $40k/yr

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