Submitted by Steve Winicker.
LAST WEEKENDS SHOP ACTIVITY
Not much to report for last week. Water was drained from the boiler to protect it from corrosion. Otherwise, most of the effort was directed to the Pumpkin Train effort. The Pumpkin Train ran with few if any issues and was quite successful due to the work of many volunteers.
The 765 is scheduled to come back next weekend which will begin our efforts to complete an annual inspection by spring. Cleaning the grates and filling the boiler will be taking place Friday with a fire-up on Saturday. The trip back to New Haven is scheduled for Sunday night. We will be shutting down the engine and drying it out on Monday. The following weekends will be devoted to inspecting the locomotive.
More than half of the 2.5 million eye injuries that occur every year happen within or around the home and the most common place of injury was the yard or garden. In addition, one in four eye injuries that occurred in the home were due to home repair or use of power tools. Home eye injuries are frequent due to the simple fact that in industry safety glasses are required by rules and regulation whereas at home that is not the case. Common sense must prevail at home.
Eye injuries include everything from painful corneal abrasions, to chemical splashes or punctures to the eye that can cause permanent vision loss.
When doing everyday chores and maintenance around the house or repair work in the garage, we can become complacent about remembering to use the proper eye protection, but we must remember that an eye injury that can occur in a split second can have lifelong impact on vision.
Prevent Blindness America urges everyone to wear eyewear approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The eyewear should have the “Z-87” logo stamped on the frames.
Prevent Blindness America also recommends the following:
· Never mix cleaning agents. Read and follow all manufacturer instructions and warning labels.
· Wear safety glasses with side protection or dust goggles to protect against flying particles, and chemical goggles to guard against exposure to fertilizers and pesticides.
· If you wear prescription glasses, many safety glasses or goggles will fit over your regular glasses. Regular eyeglasses do not always provide enough protection and may even cause further injury upon impact.
· Inspect and remove debris from lawns before mowing.
· Keep paints, pesticides, fertilizers, and similar products properly stored in a secure area. Read and follow all product instructions.
· Keep tools in good condition; damaged tools should be repaired or replaced.
· Welding or brazing requires special safety goggles or helmets. Consult your equipment instruction or supplier for the proper protection.
Courtesy of Prevent Blindness America