Amongst other things. 10"x56" tables. One with slotter head and variable
speed. no bids yet:-
"Method Statement and Risk assessment will be required for removal"
Peter & Rita Forbes
It's upsetting that safety paranoia has got to the point that one is orders of
magnitude more likely to get injured or killed on the way to work than at
work. A sense of proportion is always useful in life.
There's on on Ebay at the moment looking at bit sad.
I was slighly tempted but the 56" table makes it hog the floor space
somewhat - aside from the issue of moving it (and not really needing
I never thought I would stand up and defend H&S but here goes!
I'd hazard a guess that auction houses dealing in machinery and running
sales open to Joe Public must have seen all manner of nutters turning up
to shift things that they have purchased using all manner of
inappropriate methods to do it.
A group of people not so far from me who should have known better needed
to move a Bridgeport mill with varispeed head. They managed to get it
onto a trolley - couple of pieces of inch ply screwed together with 3
inch castors fixed on the bottom. All went well, they got the mill out
of the building. Then someone had the brilliant idea of attaching a tow
rope and pulling it (slowly) with a car. All went well until they tried
to turn a corner with it - not sure exactly what went wrong or where the
rope was attached but the net result was that the Bridgeport ended up
falling from the trolley and converting itself from a well looked after
milling machine in excellent condition to a pile of scrap only fit for
breaking up for spares. It seems that no one had fully appreciated just
how top heavy a Bridgeport is :o(
Also saw two so called fitters, who definitely should have known better,
lift an old Colchester Student - one of the old dark green ones, again
in good nick and more accurate than some of the other lathes around the
workshop. The method they chose to shift the lathe did not involve
screwing an eye into the tapped hole provided by the manufacturer - too
lazy to look for the eye. So they had an excellent idea they put a
piece of large diameter bar into the chuck and wrapped a sling around it
. Lifted the lathe with the forklift, one of them ddriving the forklift
and the other hanging off the end of the lathe to keep it level in
transit. The lathe was duly moved and installed into its new position.
The first person to use the lathe in earnest noted that the headstock
didn't appear to be running true - basically it was totally knackered.
Next time we had a service engineer out for one of the other machine
tools he checked it over and it was a write off, beyond economic repair.
Both examples resulted in no one being injured but that was more luck
than judgement, but did cause thousands of pounds worth of damage.
I can't help thinking this is a rich vein just waiting to be mined!
So gentlemen lets be having your tales of despair at the stupidity of
Oh yes and I once saw a bloke driving fairly slowly around Leicester
city centre with an 8x4 sheet of chipboard on the roof of his car - only
thing was that he didn't appear to have anything more substantial than
bits of baler twine all tied together (a horse owner I'd guess!) passed
over the sheet and through the car windows. Not loads of baler twine
you understand just two lengths one through the front windows and one
through the rear! he wasn't using a roof rack and the car had no roof
rails. The sheet was straight onto the car roof, there didn't even
appear to be an old blanket or a flattened cardboard box between the
sheet and the roof. However, it would appeat that he was concerned
about safety and security as for addeded security he had his right arm
out of the drivers window and was holding the edge of the sheet, doing
his best to keep it steady on the roof! I was sorely tempted to follow
and watch the resulting shenanigans but had to elsewhere and with no
time to spare :o(
Quite so, but they should also be aware that they can stop people loading
anything in a dangerous or unsafe manner. They have a responsiblity (while
rarely acknowledging the fact) to ensure the safe carriage of goods that they
sell, as they are the ONLY source of loading at the venue.
We have always moved stuff on our 4-wheel trailer with decent rachet straps etc
etc., but I will agree on some of the horror stories, especially at engine sales
and rally auctions.
Peter A Forbes
Prepair Ltd, Rushden, UK
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