Safety: Mark Off the Test Cutting Area

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Safety: Mark Off the Test Cutting Area

Post by Scott M. Rodell » Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:02 am

It should go without saying that Safety must always come first when practicing cutting with a sharp blade & at every other time during training. Unfortunately, sometime in the anxiousness to try your hands at a new skill, we forget the obvious.



When someone is test cutting, they tent to be quite focused on what they are doing & the result of his or her cut. Thus they are not always mindful of others outside their field of vision. For example, view this video:

http://www.grtc.org/video/cuttingdanger.mov



Obviously, this could have been a bad accident. In other to prevent such possible accidents, if there is more than one person present when test cutting, clearly mark off the test cutting area with rope, picnic benches, or in someway that reminds those observing to stand clear & stay back. Remember, it is also possible for a blade to break in the course of test cutting & fly off in the direction of near by observers. Also, never approach the person who is cutting from outside their field of vision. Speak to them clearly & make sure they heard you, before you step forward, so they are aware you are approaching & only approach from the front.

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One more reason to Mark Off the Cutting Area

Post by Scott M. Rodell » Wed Jul 01, 2009 5:18 pm


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Re: Safety: Mark Off the Test Cutting Area

Post by Aidan O'Brien » Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:18 am

Ouch, not good. Not good at all

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