Saturday, September 3, 2011

Question of the Day: Occupational Hazards

Question of the day for you folks: what kind of occupational hazards do you encounter at your job?

[Update: Deleted the post 9/10/11... just left the question!]

22 scientific replies:

TheUndeclaredWinner said...

I am a dishwasher, HIV, and you tell me what else...
I wear gloves all of the time, and if I could I would wear a respirator or flu mask.

Inverse said...

Carpal tunnel...

Gareth Thomas said...

Extreme Frustration.

Ting Kubby said...

Industrial accidents, heavy machinery etc.

My 2 Pesos said...

Dislocated wrist due to fapping.

Michael Westside said...

Hey... mercury isn't that bad. You just go a little mad, that's all

Heaven. said...

Be careful!

Timothy Bowen said...

I'm a self-employed writer and blogger.
My biggest hazard at work is eating too much

mjunta said...

^^^^
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We will come!

jose mata said...

Hmm that sucks. My biggest problem is also Carpal tunnel and papercuts

GarglingPancakes said...

As for myself, I run a computer shop. One of the main things we do is we're a recycler. Generally, interaction with circuit boards and other electronics is pretty safe, but every once in a while a CRT TV or monitor will break, which releases lead and mercury (just to name two of several) chemicals into the air. Also, I've been shocked before from a faulty power supply. 120v feels great, man.

Stay safe at your job though. That doesn't sound like a lot of fun. What exactly do you do?

That Bastard From Bellingham said...

Oh, oh JEEZ...

Okay, okay, hold onto yer hat for this one. Despite how I may come across as bein', I'm a general laborer trying to get out of being pidgeonholed in such strenuous work and get into something more my calling. I type with a 90 WPM average, I have a 100 KPM with no lookin', and am thoroughly skilled in clerical work...but my work history says "LOL HE'S A LABORER!"

Shit really sucks.

Since getting into the field though, I've worked with some ssseeeeerious chemicals. The worst of the worst was this stuff called "Dougie Boy," which was an industrial "cleanser" that pretty much ate through anything. You needed specialized gear to use it...

I take it back. There's this stuff I used over at a particular company called "Methyl Ethyl Ketone" or whatever. M.E.K. I even wrote a song about it.

Huh...I dunno, it's been a few years, but yeah one of 'em was pretty bad would-eat-through-just-about-anything.

And that's not talkin' 'bout the OTHER chemicals that are regularly used to clean factories...

Hmmm. I've been told that my usual cleaning mixture for a house is a poison of some sort. I just mix up everything I can find in the house in a tub. Works on EVERYTHING, and guaranteed to get it get it clean. Basically Lysol + whatever other liquid cleanser I can find + laundry soap + Oxy Clean + Comet. Mix that up in a bathtub with hot water and there ya go, it cleans EVERYTHING.

Funny story: I have an incredibly high chemical resistance due to a bleaching accident that went down when I was 13. Since then my lungs can process fumes that'd normally kill a human being. Despite all this I'm as healthy and virile as a horse.

Fuck yeah, freak physicality~!

GMSoccerPicks said...

As a chef i got my fair share of burns and cuts.
As economist there isn't much physical risks actually. Emotional hazard is a whole different story though...

This Guy said...

Use to work as a machinist in the union. Lots of fumes, asbestos, you name it. Then there was the time I worked at a pizza joint. The shit I had to deal with. . . really, drunk people shitting up the bathroom. Cause the bar said theirs were broken. We started the same thing.

Al3xaG said...

Lack of sleep.

Anonymous said...

hahaha. i love your analogy.`


good look on that though..

Publius said...

Christ, man, Mercury nitrate!? sneaky mofos. I'd take every precaution and start bringing up the names of injury lawyers and you'll probably get switched to a better station. lol

Carlos Smith said...

I like how you compared the hazard to south Africa. No offense to anyone here but it's a pretty relevant comparison. I took on Chem in high school and those 2 elements just sounds devastating together =\. It's never bad to handle these chemicals with too much care.

Skullptura said...

The usual hazards in a warehouse i suppose. People so complacent with their jobs they no longer look around them when driving forklifts, always leaving pallets of rand bits on clearly marked walkways and not immediately cleaning up spills or even putting hazmats down on them. And the usual leaving security doors open when they are supposed to be closed and scured at all times

Max Silver said...

Drunken people--I work at a bar :P

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