Don’t Do It On The Train Tracks

That’s the last sentence in this report from the Today Show:

The rails are not playground. Mr. Rossen is absolutely right when he says that trains can sneak up on you.  I’ve been around trains most of my live and I experienced first hand.  Yet there are people doing stuff like this.


Consider that I shot this video the same day that those two people were playing with that water bottle.

The railroads keep trying to tell people not to be stupid.  Yet nobody listens.

A train can trash a car in seconds and what happens to somebody hit by one is never pretty.  Yet people don’t seem to understand just how powerful trains are. Two weeks and yet, here we are again.

There are plenty of dumb ways to die.

Just Plain Stupid

I’m not a transportation or logistics specialist.  I do know enough about these things to understand the proper procedures for dealing with the possibility that your facility might go boom.  One of the most important things that you need to make sure doesn’t happen is to have people living too close to such facilities.  I would have expected that the Tianjin explosion was an outlier.  According to this NY Times article, apparently not.

This has been a lesson learned all over the world, the hard way.

If the Chinese were smart they would consult the experts and regulations promulgated by other countries about this stuff and change things before we get an even bigger boom.

In A Shop What You Wear Is Important.

Your life may depend on it.

Machine tools don’t care what you look like.  They have demons inside just waiting to grab something and make a real close but very dangerous friendship with you.  It’s better to have things like sleeves and hair tucked away where the machine cannot grab. It’s better to be safe than stupid.  Don’t spoil your fun by being stupid.  I’ve been banged or cut up enough times to know what that’s like far too many times.  Besides blood doesn’t look good on your parts.