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    woodworkingboy started a thread JR in Odds and Ends
    Stands for Japan Railroad, a huge company here that manages the railroads, I guess it's everything except for some other company owned subways in large cities. A friend of mine works for some people that JR contracts with to do arborist work along the lines and around stations, keep potential hazards from trees and whatever might be within that category to a minimum, and also to keep things tidy. A huge and constantly going on job throughout the entire country. My friend asked if I would fill in for him for a few days. I'd seen guys working the lines when I was traveling, and it interested me. I showed up to find a three man crew plus two guys from the parent company whose job it is to oversee the operation, particularly safety, not really there to direct the tree work, but to oversee the operation in some official capacity should some question arise within their responsibility. The work goes smooth, the guys are pros, and real pleasant people to associate with, everyone busting A and quite courteous. What really got my attention was the lengths the company goes to so as to ensure safety. There's a checklist that they go through every morning, covering PPE and an array of cautionaries and procedures pertaining to the trains coming through. Aside from having the train schedules on paper, the safety guys have some special gear on their waist that catches some kind of signal when a train is a certain distance away and it sends a warning. Upon which they alert the crew and all activity has to stop and the crew raise their arm to acknowledge and you keep it up until the train passes, or if near a station platform where there is a stop, at least until the train quits moving and then acknowledge again when it gets going again. If the work is where the signal can't reach, a call comes in from a station on the line monitoring the train's location. Certain people are well informed of what is taking place along the line, their duty to attend to it. All the same instructions are gone through every morning, the same as the day before with the same crew, plus any special circumstances. What got me though, is that it's also recorded for verification, should there be some circumstance that calls into question whether if there was a proper announcement or not. At the end of the day, another meeting to briefly discuss the work if needed, and any commentary by anyone is welcomed. Also making sure everyone that is supposed to be there still is. :lol: If there is some physical problem, it's the time to say. Tomorrow's work might be briefly discussed as well. The whole thing seems a no brainer for the crew, I mean going through the same defined routine everyday as is mandated with every crew wherever they are. JR has an excellent safety record with the crews working the lines, and that's a lot of people, especially this time of year. To some extent all these procedures are a cultural thing, how the people grow up to think and what to expect in a work environment, but it occurred to me that some part of that approach might have some use in other places too, I guess I mean by making safety consciousness a routine. I know that the people in the house generally don't have to worry about local and high speed trains come rocking trough their job sites, but I just thought that there might be some value in mentioning the situation. Anyway, for me it was interesting to observe, the manner of the approach where the thinking is that you can't be too safe where hazards are reoccurring. At least one guy full time is on the lookout. :/:
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    Thanks Jim.... I will have to play with it and see what I can do.
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    13 Hours Ago
    Torch and aluminum rod?
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    Wonder if I can weld cast aluminum.
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    14 Hours Ago
    Fuck I hope so B. About at my wits end. I feel like how Andy used to talk. Just WTF?!
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    14 Hours Ago
    Just downed 3 beers. God I am pissed at the universe right now.
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  • CurSedVoyce's Avatar
    14 Hours Ago
    I don't think I would want to carry on after something like that :(
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  • CurSedVoyce's Avatar
    14 Hours Ago
    Just broke the bell housing on a C-6 tightening the bolts down marrying it to the block. FUCK! Tranny aint more than 18 months old. So sick of being a fucking mechanic these days I wanna just bow my head and let tears flow. No trucks working yet, I got nothing. I can't fucking catch a break. I can't make a fucking living this way. I really need to get the fuck out of California.
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    18 Hours Ago
    :(
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    18 Hours Ago
    Nope, fire suppression went on too long and too far before we figured out otherwise. Now it all burns to moon scape. What they will do next is shoot grass into areas to try and stop erosion. Maybe seed by air as well. Try to get some grasses started come winter. Wild flowers will be everywhere next spring. Or one year later.
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    19 Hours Ago
    Burning in areas not burned in 75 plus years some of it. heavy fuel loads, heavy and high grasses, hot fuel, steady winds. Now, in our area, it only takes about 8 years for the chaparral to grow above head height. The chamise, Adenostoma fasciculatum, all by itself, burns like gasoline. Little dead nettles all under and in each plant. Grows thick, impassable. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adenostoma_fasciculatum Then you throw some manzanita, buck and deer brush in with it around some oak.....
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    1 Day Ago
    LO is heavy up here right now. Road closures and looting protection. Among other things. :/:
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    1 Day Ago
    Huge Gerry! Just another day at the funny farm today. We are trying to install the engine in the brown ford at the shop next door. I hear what sounds to be fire works coming from next door. Some one bought the place and had seemingly a few folks running goats on the property and fixing it up, care taking. I was thinking they had best BE NOT shooting off fireworks. Rob looks over and yells to call it in. Service line arcing and popping. Grab mccleods and and extinguisher, 911 on cell running.. Gate is locked, give 911 our address and say it was next door. Call Katy, get her to wait on fire dept in driveway.. I walk around the back side of one of the houses on my way to the possible fire (only the wires were burning so far) and there is a grow. Plants here, plants there. Us covered in grease and I have my gun on... Perfect. Powers that be show up. Immediately tell the lead LEO about my concealed carry and lead him back to the burning wires over a shed. Katy comes over. They start asking questions about the neighbours we have seen maybe a couple time about the place and never talked to. I ask, all done with us? Yup we can leave. Smooth as silk and no hassles. Whew. They are still over there. Lights flashing around, about 4-6 LEOs. Probably waiting on a warrant to bust in.
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    2 Days Ago
    If you stick around the forum long enough to recognize the members and what they do, you won't be asking that question anymore. There's a gal down in Tasmania.
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    2 Days Ago
    Trees? We don't need no stinking trees!!
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    2 Days Ago
    Little flare up today while I was on my way home. Took a picture of the column when I was moving the chipper in to tomorrow's site
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    2 Days Ago
    Everyone needs a creed.
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    There are no words...
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    2 Days Ago
    Steve, the phone is already ringing. Guy that has a fire wood processor and an LTO could cash in right now.
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    2 Days Ago
    Ha, it might help sell a few pairs!
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    That couple needs to be sterilized, they've lost the right to have children.
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