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Post Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:30 pm

Ouch !!! The importance of PPE.

Hi All.

Learned a valuable lesson this week.

Wear the right safety equipment for the job.

I was removing an old car park signs that had probably been there for 30 odd years, water logged 18mm ply, fixings rusted beyond recognition. While prying it from the wall the whole thing came away and landed on my toe. This was shortly followed by various profanities that i wouldn't like to repeat on this forum. Even though i was wearing boots they were missing the vital steel toe caps. It's a mistake i won't be making again.

For further info on on PPE read http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg174.pdf

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Post Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:10 pm

:o Ouch :o not nice.......shame flip flops don't look good in this weather!!!! Guess you'll be wearing slippers to work for a while
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Post Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:17 pm

Hi Gill,

They've renamed me hop-a-long in the office. lol.

I've 20 of vinyl to weed for end of play tomorrow, shame your not in Aberdeen Gill. I remember you saying that you love to weed. :D
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Post Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:22 pm

Well if you turn one of the bin's up-side-down to put your foot up and a good supply of coffee and the weeding will fly by :D :D I'm guessing you chaps have plenty of ice up there to pack around that there toe :D
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Post Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:06 pm

Yikes!
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My brother ran my foot over with a car a few years ago and it didn't look that bad!

Would you believe right now at my son's school (8th grade) steel toed boots are now a fad. He has worn them for years because of garage work. But the security guards hate them because they set off the metal detectors in the school lobby.

Prop it up, it probably thumps like a b!tch in heat.
Love.....Jill
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Post Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:39 pm

Hi Gill and Jill,

There's more than enough Ice and snow to pack my foot with. We had a big dump of snow at the weekend. Which means there is perfect snowboarding conditions in the mountains. However i don't think i'll be hitting the slopes for a while. :cry:

In fact when i came in to the print room this morning it was -7. Brrr. Takes a little while to heat up the room for our Grenadier, she's a little temperamental when it's a bit chilly.
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Post Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:21 pm

Ooohh! That must have hurt like hell mate. I did the same toe a few years ago when using the lawnmower. The blades clipped a metal pole hidden in the grass. At first I thought it just whacked my toe. So I bent down and picked it up only to realise it had gone through my shoe, into the toe and half way down my foot. The wife came out and found me lying in the grass flaked out, thought I was having a kip and rollocked me for being idle. :-?
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Post Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:28 pm

ouch! :o was just about to bite into my supper there!! :(
Did some similar damage myself ....but I dropped a frozen turkey on mine! :oops:
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Post Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:20 am

I did a similar thing to my toe back in 1940 when I was captured by the Japanese in Singapore.

Despite the torture I endured (they removed the nail from my big toe using a pair of pliers) I refused to give them the name of my commanding officer (Major Robert Lambie CBE, DOA, BO and BAR

In retrospect - I wish I'd squealed like a pig - my big toe was never the same again :-?
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Post Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:20 am

PPE really is a necessity... its a pain in the back side i know, but well worth it.
our guys that work outside have to have steel toed boots as standard. the rest must have them but don't need to wear them if just doing vinyl work and the like.

im sitting here typing with steel toed Rocklander ankle boots just now. :lol1: was out on site and not took them off yet!
they dont even look like steel toed boots, more a sorta rock climbing boot.

i also have another similar pair steel toed boot and also shin covering rigger type boots but they are banned now on quarries and the like because "whatever" can spill down into the leg of the boot. so they now want the hi-viz trouser covering the boot ankle. yes you can lift the trouser over the shin of the boot but the PPE does state ankle boot. so much so all the helth and safety signs we just fitted on a site had to be pictures of "ankle boots" rather than the usual mandatiry rigger boot.
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Post Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:54 am

LMAO Phil, Flashbacks are a b!tch !!! When it happened, i thought i was back in 'nam. Tank rolled right over the same toe. Never hurt as much as the sheet of ply though.

Joking aside. It has cost us some valuable install time for something that is preventable with the right footwear. Someone has told me that Makro are doing good deals on Dewalt workboots. Heading up tomorrow for a wee look.
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Post Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:35 am

Ouch Stephen!

Ive got a missing right big toe after my neighbours dog bit me and the tooth went through the nail and into the bed. So I know EXACTLY how you feel right now.

I'd just taken off my workshoes and was wearing thongs to visit my neighbour.

Here are the shoes I wear every day at the office. I wear boots on site.

http://www.lodworkwear.com.au/workwear/ ... hp?id=1079

Most comfortable things I've ever worn.
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Post Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:02 am

Lee Attewell wrote:Ouch Stephen!


I'd just taken off my workshoes and was wearing thongs to visit my neighbour.



I'm guessing thongs in the colonies are not what we consider to be thongs?
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Post Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:28 am

I did wonder about that :o

Flip Flops...does that work mate?

Japanese safety boots...

pluggers...

Fly swatters...

All the same 'ting
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Post Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:48 am

Lee Attewell wrote:I did wonder about that :o

Flip Flops...does that work mate?

Japanese safety boots...

pluggers...

Fly swatters...

All the same 'ting


lol, maybe all the same where you're from!!!!!

i did work out what you meant but i had to ask! woulda been rude not to.
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Post Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:01 am

I would have picked up on it too buddy :lol1:
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Post Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:07 am

Lee Attewell wrote:I did wonder about that :o

Flip Flops...does that work mate?

Japanese safety boots...

pluggers...

Fly swatters...

All the same 'ting


And in France, a Flip-Flop is known as a "Felleep-fellop". :D
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Pmsl :dance4:
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Post Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:02 am

Robert Lambie wrote:PPE really is a necessity... its a pain in the back side i know, but well worth it.


Is this the same Lambie that stuck a scalpel into his back side :lol1: :lol1:
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Post Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:56 am

Ouch. I scalpel in the bum. that beats me Robert. I never realised signmaking was such a dangerous profession. I think i need to start talking to the boss about 'Danger money'. :lol1:

I was thinking that at the moment "thongs" might be the most comfortable thing to wear in the office. Even though it might might have clients and delivery drivers screaming for the front door. :D
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Post Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:32 pm

Phill wrote:I did a similar thing to my toe back in 1940 when I was captured by the Japanese in Singapore.

Nice try Phill, but Singapore didn't surrender until 1942. :D
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Post Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:46 pm

I'm a bit of a coward......I surrendered before everyone else did :-?
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Post Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:05 pm

Phill wrote:I'm a bit of a coward......I surrendered before everyone else did :-?



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Post Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:13 pm

Hi Lee,

Saw this sign and thought of the posting a while back.

Don't know why you'd want to ban thongs. I really don't mind them.

Yeah... not wearing them, more to look at. :lol1:
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