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The Old Welder Comics shop tips safety and shop stories by Frank Tabor
Spark Test Chart, 'Cast Iron, Steel, Fingers!' over grinder and Use your Goggles sign.
More than one safety pointer, and a laugh.



Spark testing is a simple method of roughly identifying steels. Sparks from a grinding wheel have various characetistics such as long or short sparks, branching or bursts. While not definitive the test can seperate basic iron and steel types.
Sample Spark Test Chart
Sample Spark Test Chart from Metals for Engineering Craftsmen
Basic Grinder Safety


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The Old Welder Comics shop tips safety and shop stories by Frank Tabor Management is commenting on the the barefoot worker pounding on a large rivet. Brinkley always wears his 
goggles when he works with hot iron.
"Brinkley always wears his goggles when he works with hot iron."



Incongruities in safety is common. The most vivid scene that comes to my mind is a bunch of workers in full radiation worker dress (anti-C's) separated by a thin rope from other workers in their street clothes. You see the same situation at asbestos abatement projects.

What else is wrong with the picture above?

While some consider forging loud, hammering on a steel bench can be much louder. So, besides shoes, Brinkley has no obvious hearing protection. Shoes of any kind are better than none. Heavy leather shoes are better than cloth or light tennis shoes. In the shop steel toed shoes are recommended at all times.

But what about the management guys? Eye, ear and foot protection? Most plants require the first two as a minimum for passers by in all shop situations.

The problem is that every situation requires different protective gear. We can't all wear all our protective gear at once. Common sense is the key factor. Remember that in a one man shop, YOU are your own "safety officer".
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