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    Default Gawd, I am the forum's prize idiot.

    Last Monday I decided I would mow the grass along the footpath outside the house.

    I just grabbed the mower and started the job....Is the picture getting clear?

    No glasses, no safety gear at all....

    half way through the job, a piece of stick or stone bounces off the colourbond fence and hits me square in the right eye....

    Four hours in the casualty ward, with a referral to an Opthalmic surgeon....

    Next day I spend three hours with the surgeon, to be told "You have a sixty per cent chance you will lose all vision in the eye" Come back and see me in a month and I will be able to be more accurate, but, you have done some serious damage.

    Bloody hell, I have been a driver and heavy construction laborour all my adult life, one who took safety very, very seriously.

    I retire, get lazy and cocky. It looks like I will pay the price and the tariff is going to be heavy.

    Please take safety seriously, even at home.

    I feel like and am a complete idiot

    A man ought to know better... as a matter of fact, this man does know better...

    Just got lazy, too far to the shed to get a pair of glasses.

    hell in a bloody hand basket.

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    It used to be we had two eyes for more accurate spear throwing (depth perception)-- now its to give us a second chance using power tools. Wishing you a speedy recovery, or at worst one fine eye left. [Very nearly ground an axe blade today without eye-protection... so used to my new glasses, I tend to think I always have them on].

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    I was recently building a wood privacy fence with my friend Frank; both of us retired. He was building some temporary sawhorses out of fence pickets, and without thinking used his left hand to push up under the bottom board while he used the air nailer to fasten the top board. You guessed it; nailed right through his left hand.

    Stupid happens real fast. But we were wearing safety glasses.....

    Hope the eye turns out OK.

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    Accidents suck, no doubt. I wish you well and a complete recovery.
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    Awww... Damn...!
    So sorry to hear this, and hope it comes in your favor.

    But also, thanks for sending a message to all of the rest of us who might screw up in the same way. The other day I ran the leaf-blower while wearing only my reading glasses. Stupid on my part, those glasses could become additional shrapnel in concert to a flying rock.

    Wishing the best good luck to you, and thank you for reminding us about why they are called Safety Glasses, Aussie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waddie View Post
    I was recently building a wood privacy fence with my friend Frank; both of us retired. He was building some temporary sawhorses out of fence pickets, and without thinking used his left hand to push up under the bottom board while he used the air nailer to fasten the top board. You guessed it; nailed right through his left hand.

    Stupid happens real fast. But we were wearing safety glasses.....

    Hope the eye turns out OK.

    regards,
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    Did that kind of thing more times than I want to admit....it really sucks when the glue nails set up.
    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
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    Sorry to hear it. Hopefully the doc was just trying to scare you? Hope it works out.

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    Sorry to hear about your accident. Hoping for the the best mate!

    I've also worked in a safety driven industry (big oil) and their safety mentality was good, and hard to shake after leaving. It's carried on to my current job(s) and sometime I catch grief from my coworkers for bringing it up.

    At home, my must have safety glasses issue is jump starting a battery. I have damn near a phobia about exploding batteries. I rarely hook that last negative cable directly to the negative battery post, especially if I've been charging it for awhile. When I do, it's right at the beginning of the job, so no explosive gasses have developed. But even then, ya got to disconnect it at some time.
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    Mate... you are not even CLOSE to earning that title.

    But, yes, I always wear glasses for such chores. Thanks for the reminder to keep doing so.

    Really, really, really hoping for a full recovery. I'm not even gonna ask for swift. Just as full as possible!
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    Best wishes for complete recovery.
    Sometimes accidents do happen even with the best precautionary measure.

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    Best wishes Barney.

    An anecdote: My friend and neighbor, a retired lifetime stone mason, recently lost his eye. How? Cutting one 6 x 6 stone tile for a backsplash repair in his own kitchen.

    He's better working with tile and stone than anybody you may meet, but...he did not wear eye protection.

    He takes full blame for his loss, and at 71, its a hard loss for him.

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    Default Re: Gawd, I am the forum's prize idiot.

    Best wishes on recovery, yeah, the odds.

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    Ladder falls are killing and injuring more men than ever here.
    The climb can be just a couple of metres for the growing scores of men aged over 50 who are being profoundly injured and in some cases killed by falling off ladders at their homes.
    Every year, on average, three Victorians are killed falling off ladders - and they have almost exclusively been men aged over 55 who have fallen while doing odd jobs at home, according to research by The Alfred hospital that was recently published in the Injury journal.

    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/mo...22-gn0jco.html

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    yes, lawnmowers freek me out...I alway cover my eyes when I drive past one...Good luck!!!

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    Bugger, hope it turns out ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AussieBarney View Post
    Gawd, I am the forum's prize idiot.
    i'm quite certain that prize goes elsewhere

    hope you heal well and quickly
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    I hope it heals Barney well, eyes damage easily but they heal well too DAMHIK ! Good Luck.
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    Sorry to hear that Barney, hope you don't lose the eye. Don't beat yourself up. The one time I couldn't be bothered to wear safety specs while grinding (welding then grinding, so incessantly changing from welding visor to specs) I got a gazillion steel splinters in my eyes. Hellish.

    Used to mow lawns for pocket money as a teen, never wore them, never an issue, must have been lucky.

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    Sorry Barney. Hopefully the eye will heal quickly. I've made some pretty good mistakes in my time. Power plainer to the tips of my fingers 10 years ago.... ouch.
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    Making a stoopid mistake is much like running aground - we've all done it. Hope you heal well!
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    Thanks for the reminder, I'm passing this story on to my kids. (they do all the yard work, while I work on the boat :-)
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    Thank you for posting that, and I really hope the outcome is not the bad one.
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    Default Re: Gawd, I am the forum's prize idiot.

    Sorry about your accident.

    But, having spent far too much of my life mowing grass, I've never worn eye protection for it ever. Not have I ever seen a neighbor doing it. Not common here in Canada.

    In fact, I see people doing it while wearing flip-flops and shorts. Which seems stupid of course...

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    Sorry to hear of your accident. I do hope that it heals well.

    Reading these comments it would seem that what you have for a lawn is not the same as the rest of us mow.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Ah, yes. We have a big brush mower, and wow can it fling stuff. I've actually given up on it, and its stupid plastic carburetor, and am going back to the scythe.

    Best wishes for a recovery.

    Peace,
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    Default Re: Gawd, I am the forum's prize idiot.

    This stuff happens all the time. One of my co-workers was just about to retire when he lost an eye while weed-eating. I try very hard to remember to wear glasses while working around any yard or boat tools. It's a little easier for me since I have to wear safety glasses, hard hat and ear plugs any time I leave my office and I am more used to it than some others might be, but quite often I will also forget and go without proper safety eyewear.

    I do very much hope that you recover fully.

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    Fingers crossed your vision will be restored.
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    Default Re: Gawd, I am the forum's prize idiot.

    Not by a long shot!

    edit: read your post after posting the above - wish you well and sorry for your trauma.

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    My best wishes to you, Barney!

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    When I was teenager, mowing lawns for fun money, I sent a rock through a window AND the associated screen AND embedded it in a wall. It never occurred to me that I might catch a ricochet in the face but it did give me an appreciation for the danger of those machines.

    I wear goggles and earmuffs any time I use a power tool these days.

    Hope you heal well and quickly, Barney.
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    Well, heal up as well as possible. I've mowed a lot of lawns and never thought about safety glasses. Guess that better change.

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    Damn, Barney. Hope it heals back to 100%.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Are you sure that you aren't attracting these things?
    I just lopped my finger with a carving knife while making dinner.

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    All the best for a speedy and complete recovery, Barney

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Ah, yes. We have a big brush mower, and wow can it fling stuff. I've actually given up on it, and its stupid plastic carburetor, and am going back to the scythe.

    Best wishes for a recovery.

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