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A Two Minute Safety Tip

Several years ago, I read an article in a medical journal in which the authors had conducted a study of workplace accidents. They tracked injuries through several emergency clinics and found the time of accidents seemed to cluster in the 2 to 3 PM time period. In their conclusion they deduced this might be a result of rising blood sugar levels following the noon meal affecting a worker's attention.

Perhaps mornings would be the ideal time to get machining done and then switch to hand tool work, sanding, finishing, sharpening, repairing, etc. Still, one would have to remain vigilant. Even though you might not be using a tool that could sever a limb, a moment of inattention or poor planning could result in screwing up a project. After reading the article, I became aware of a slump in my own attentiveness at 2-3 in the afternoon in my working life I am a pharmacist. To compensate, I made sure my lunch was high in fiber and relatively low carbohydrate with a modest caffeine boost. My afternoon slump disappeared.

Lee Ohmart

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