Power Tool Safety Tips, From Lego People

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Our friend Tony Saucier over at PoundedThumb.net recently turned us on to this power tool safety video. It’s an industrial tool setting, but we think the safety lessons learned apply just about anytime you’re using power tools. Just try to ignore the fact that the safety tips are being taught by a couple Lego people with really, really bad voiceover work.

Ok, so the first Lego man amputates his arm via some sort of belt sander. I have to say, that must be one very industrial belt sander to sever an arm so quickly. We’ll just chalk that up to poetic license on behalf of the producers of this fine film. The message of this video (which is handily transcribed at the end of the video) is if someone needs to talk to you or is going to distract you while you’re using a power tool, either ignore them, or safely shut down the tool and then say, “Dude/Dudet, what do you want from me?! Can’t you see I’m using a power tool here?”

I generally agree with half this advice, and even then, there are always exceptions. The half I don’t agree with is actually ignoring someone trying to get your attention. Let’s say you’re using a reciprocating saw and you’re about to cut through load-bearing timber that supports the massive roof above you. In that case it might be good to pay attention to the person waving at you frantically. Or maybe you’ve just licked your hands, are standing barefoot in a pool of water, just got braces for your teeth, and are about to cut into a wall that someone realizes has live high voltage inside. Again, another good time to pay attention. I guess common sense applies here, but I’m not one for ignoring my surroundings entirely while using power tools. You want to be focused, but you also don’t want to be oblivious to potential dangers around you (whether it’s at home or on a job site).

So if anyone ever interrupts your power tool use and it’s not for a REALLY good reason, sit them down in front of this YouTube video and scare them straight with the graphic Lego amputation scene. Lesson learned, and hopefully everyone still has all their extremities.

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About Marc Lyman

Marc grew up under a brave single mom who "encouraged" home improvement on the family home. Early toddler gifts included a tool set, and even a cordless Bosch drill when cordless drills first came out. In grade school (give or take a few years), Marc's mom said, "We need to cut down some trees. . . . here's a chainsaw." A father figure also involved Marc in many home improvement projects, including a summer of home remodeling in Palo Alto, CA. Toss in some Obsessive Compulsive personality traits researching everything home improvement related. The end result: a genetically pre-disposed, socially sculpted home improvement machine! For his complete profile, please visit our About page. Really, it's worth it.

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3 thoughts on “Power Tool Safety Tips, From Lego People”

  1. Marc – I thought you weren’t going to mention that time I sawed through a load-bearing timber with a reciprocating saw? I thought that was “off the record.” Sigh.

    • Hah! The problem is I have talked to soooo many people who have sawed through a load-bearing wall. . . . it gets very tricky to remember who is off the record. ; ) Note to non-pro HF readers: sawing through load-bearing walls is very bad for safety and bad for your house. End of PSA (that’s Public Service Announcement, not Pressure Sensitive Adhesive for you sandpaper-types). Tony, thanks again for turning us on to the funny Lego shop safety video!


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