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Year of Living Dangerously - Safety Lessons

Even in my 50's surrounded by big machines in metalworking shop I'm still learning safety lessons.

This year after almost getting nailed by cars twice I finally bought and had a shop sew on DOT conspicuity fabric tape to my black snowblowing jacket. I should have bought the jacket with the tape on it already, but at the time I had no idea I'd be snowblowing 1500 feet of property.

Also installed LED light on my single stage and conspicuity tape on all my machines, then got reflective hats and gloves. Next year (if I'm still alive) I'll mortgage my house and get those fancy non-slip boots with diamonds and gold crusted rubies embedded in the soles.

So, just when I am feeling proud of myself for being so safety-conscious, I lean my shovel against the back of my wife's car while I am "safely" snowblowing in Calgary this AM.

See attached pic. I tried to blame it on my wife and said "Always walk around your vehicle," but I just got the 1000 yard stare back.

I see a trip to Home Depot in my future today for a new shovel....
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See, this is why you put the reflective tape on your shovels too

I'm glad the only victim in this case was a shovel!

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Same here. Curvy road with no street lights. I got a reflective vest so I can wear it on top of anything I choose. Here in southern New England the weather fluctuates to much for a designated coat.
Also just wear slip on grip cleats over ypu favorite boots and no need to refinance to get special boots. Stay safe.

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Good point. Yaktrax are good, but I like my Stabilicers Lite better. Now they're called Stabilicers Walk. They do better on ice than Yaktrax, even smooth ice. They have steel points, vs the coiled springs on Yaktrax.




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Good point. Yaktrax are good, but I like my Stabilicers Lite better. Now they're called Stabilicers Walk. They do better on ice than Yaktrax, even smooth ice. They have steel points, vs the coiled springs on Yaktrax.

https://www.amazon.com/STABILicers-W.../dp/B009ZPWMIE
Thanks. I will look at these. I've had several other strap on cleats, but for some reason they never stay on my circus-freak-like size 14 feet.

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Good point. Yaktrax are good, but I like my Stabilicers Lite better. Now they're called Stabilicers Walk. They do better on ice than Yaktrax, even smooth ice. They have steel points, vs the coiled springs on Yaktrax.

https://www.amazon.com/STABILicers-W.../dp/B009ZPWMIE
Thanks for the tip. I have Yaktrax and don't find them all that effective. I'll give these a whirl.
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As for the shovel, well in the infamous words of John Gray, "Men are from Mars and women are from Venus."
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Yes, glad you decided to park the shovel there and not the blower. Could probably pinch the handle with a large pair of pliers or a vice and straighten it out enough to use.

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I think you put the shovel there on purpose.

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Reminds me of how I left the new fertilizer spreader for my father and he backed over it GGGRRRR.

I have a much better one now though so when the time comes I can spread lime and gypsum on my place to break up the black clay I have and make better sod.

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