Our team learned about safety the hard way. During the 2006 build one season,
one of our Mentors was making some minor repairs to a design on the robot
and injured himself. He was pushing a small piece of aluminum through a table saw and partway through, the piece
of aluminum was kicked back by the table saw
and he nearly lost two of his fingers. With this, it started a major turn of
events in FIRST with safety. When FIRST heard of this, they started the strong
safety measures which are in effect now. During the 2006 Great Lakes Regional,
guards and protection for moving parts were required for the first time. The Mentor
who was injured
was the poster child for safety that year and the whole team learned an
important lesson in SAFETY.
Our program has implemented a Safety Captain, and we review safety rules
regularly. We strive to protect both mentors and students alike with our safety
practices. If any person goes against the rules for safety they will be asked to
leave. There is no room for error in this important issue. Every member is
issued safety glasses and are required to use them. They are told not to use any
power tool unless an adult is present. All safety guards are not to be removed,
and all pieces are to be safely clamped. The power to the robot will not be
turned on unless all hands, feet and hair are clear. Since implementing the
safety program our FRC team has won many safety wards and robotics competitions.
Safety to be a key component of the FIRST Robotics Competition.
All teams are asked to have a Safety Captain as part of the team structure. This
individual may be identified via a badge, provided by FIRST at
the Regional Competitions and Championship.
All Members must read the safety manual