To watch a shredder in action the first time can be a frightening experience. I have shared the experience with a number of people over the past fifty years and each time I look at the machine through their eyes I see it as being a large noisy, dangerous looking, and sounding machine.
However, we all soon get jaded to the effects of the shredder and after having been around one for 15 minutes it starts looking like a tame animal and we are no longer frightened by it. Sometimes we even get to the point where we take the machine and it’s safe operation for granted and we forget to pay sufficient attention to the safe operation of that equipment.
After all, we think, the machine has been in operation for a number of years and no one has ever been hurt there. I must confess that even as manufacturers it is easy to become complacent. Every day it seems that we are faced with more pressing problems than the problems of safety, especially since the safety-type problems do not appear gradually.
They come upon us with a great rush in some catastrophic type of an event. One does not have to be a fortune teller to be able to look into the future and see that if pieces of scrap steel are bouncing out of the shredder and are falling around in the scrap yard, that someone could be injured. And, yet, because no one has been injured we do not take sufficient steps to prevent the possibility of that occurrence.