If any of you have ever worked in a line shaft shop then there is one thing you know very well is the belts stop for no man
Way back when wasn't so long ago for some. My Brother in law worked at Keystone, back in the 70's and ran a nail machine that ran off a line shaft. If it broke down and you had to work on it, he said you just grab the 2x4 and derail the belt off your machine.
I have a 1934 South Bend lathe that has it's own separate clutch shaft witch was used for forward and reverse, with a neutral in the middle.
But ask anyone my age or older who were fortunate enough to have had participated in an apprenticeship if they felt exploited by their mentors.
A lot of those exploited children grew up to become the owners of the businesses.
Once apprenticeships were gone the next to go was common sense because there was someone who had read or written a book on possible safety hazards decided to attempt to teach persons to be safety hawks. These persons need not know a single thing about the industry or how to run equipment but yet they were to insure protocols were followed to the letter no mater what. because the book said that was how it should be done. Every tome there happened to be a worker incident these protocols would be strengthened until the point came when workers no longer needed to have cognitive thoughts of what they were supposed to be doing and how to do it without injury, they now had someone to tell them how their every movement should be. Now a couple of generations later everything under the sun or moon has been so nanny-fied it takes the whole community to raise a child
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