Cuts And Lacerations
The Hand-Built Hot Rod
Gleaming chrome. Beautiful custom paint. Tufted leather upholstery. If that’s your idea of a hot rod, stand back and make way for the true, original, hand-built hot rod.
It’s called a rat rod and it harkens back to the early days of hot rodding in the 40s, 50s and 60s when enthusiast had more skill than money and built their creations by themselves…by hand.
Back in those days, hot rodders would find a Model T or a Model A, strip off everything they could-fenders, running boards, roof, bumpers- and drop a more powerful engine. It was often a Ford Flathead V8.They’d do all the work themselves. It was about having fun, not about who spent the most money. It was about getting your hands greasy. It was about building something unique.
The rat rod movement today is dedicated to bringing back that hand-built heritage.
In a rat rod, the parts are mismatched, cribbed from a variety of vehicles. The body proudly displays its rust and battle scars. Maltese crosses and skulls sit atop gearshifts in homage to biker and rockabilly cultures. The seats are often bare metal. There’s no carpeting and certainly no luxury-car amenities like air conditioning. An old style beam axle is out front, with leaf springs all around instead of modern coils.
To the uninitiated, a rat rod looks unfinished. That’s because it is. It’s a work in progress, an expression of the owners’ ever-changing vision. It is continuously altered, revised and rebuilt. For a rat rodder, nothing tops having a wrench in your hand.
Think about that the next time you’re on the job, and you’ll realize again why hand safety is so important. You should remind yourself every day to:
*Use gloves when the job calls for it, and choose the proper ones.
*Watch out for pinch points.
*Protect your hands from chemicals and burns.
*Beware of sharp objects like banding, saw blades and edges.
It can be easy to overlook hand safety when you’re on the job and trying to get a project finished. Especially if there is a deadline to meet. But if you allow yourself even a moment of inattention, you’re vulnerable to a potential injury. Why take the chance? It’s just not worth risking damage to your hands. They’re essential tools. Just ask any rat rodder with a hand-built creation and a workbench full of wrenches.
YOUR HANDS THE TOOLS YOU NEED FOR EVERY JOB!
*COPYRIGHT 2012 Harkins Safety (B279)
You’ve heard about the Seven Wonders of the World. But do you know which of the Seven Wonders of the World had a practical use as well as architectural value? This structure, the first of its kind, stood for 1500 years. It survived three earthquakes and was depicted on a Roman coin. It outlasted all other structures except the Great Pyramid, which stands today. Here’s the story.
The Lighthouse of Alexandria, or the Pharos Lighthouse as it was called, was both a marvel and a godsend to ancient mariners. Built in 290 B.C., it is the first recorded lighthouse and it was located on the ancient island of Pharos, founded by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C. It illuminated the harbor as a signal to sailors, using fire at night and reflecting sun rays during the day. Scientist were amazed by the lighthouse’s mirror, whose reflection could be seen over 35 miles offshore. Legend has it that the mirror was so powerful it could burn enemy ships before they reached the shore.
Architects were awed by the structure’s size. As tall as a modern 40-story building, the Pharos Lighthouse measured 384 feet, including the foundation, making it the tallest building of its day.
But the sailors navigating the dangerous waters and flat coastline benefited most. The lighthouse ensured their safe return to the Great Harbor.
Each of us must safely navigate around hundreds of hazards and unexpected situations every day at work, at home and on the road. It can be demanding, but safety cannot be denied. YOU must decide to work safely-no one can make that decision for you.
Slips, trips and falls; cuts and lacerations; chemical and machine-related injuries; virtually any type of injury you can think of CAN be prevented-if we just take the time to think and act safely.
Develop a sharp, watchful eye for hazards and take steps to eliminate them, both on and off the job. Accidents, like dangerous waters are unexpected and unwanted. Hazards can take you by surprise, but just like a ship’s captain who pilots his craft with care and skill, with planning and attention, you can identify and avoid hazards if and when they do occur.
When you take the responsibility for safety, you will reap the rewards.
Remember Safety Depends On You
*Copyright 2005 Harkins Safety B-191