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36 • FEBRUARY 2015 • WORLD FENCE NEWS Charles Skulsky was known as an innovative fence industry leader Charles T. Skulsky, a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, age 76, of Marshfield, Mas- sachusetts and Naples, Florida, passed away peacefully at his home on Tues- day, December 30, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He had brave- ly confronted and fought cancer for over a decade. He was called the "miracle" by his doc- tors at Massachusetts General Hospi- tal. Mr. Skulsky was the son of Sara (Tamres) and George Skulsky. He was born in 1938 in Plym- outh, Massachusetts, and resided in Hingham, Massachusetts for 31 years, before moving to Marshfield 17 years ago. He attended Plymouth High School, Northeastern University, and Boston University. He was an innovative leader in the fence industry, well known for the companies he was connected to: Re- liable Fence, Expert Fence, and more recently Perfection Fence. His ability to assess the needs of his clients and design solutions that were not only functional but aesthetic was unparalleled. There was no type of project that he could not handle; from the largest, most complicated, to the simplest. He developed and maintained working friendships with his custom- ers that spanned decades. Besides his exuberance for his business dealings, his passion was his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed being a part of their academic and athletic achievements. Mr. Skulsky was a Mason for 50 years, brought up in 1965 at the Ezra Lodge in Taunton, and, more recent- ly, was a member of the Daniel Web- ster Lodge in Marshfield. He also be- longed to the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is survived by his beloved wife, Rosalind, of 51 years; sons, Da- vid (Barbara), Bryan (Heather), and Todd (Ana Lucia); grandchildren, Aaron, Rachael, Jillian, Marissa, Vi- nicius, and Ethan; and sister, Beryl. Charles was a consummate fami- ly man and friend to all. Charles Skulsky Wrong! Don't handle tools like this! What are the worst things a person can do when using hand tools? The Hand Tools Institute (HTI) found safety to be its members' biggest concern with hand tools. HTI found these major causes of injuries: No. 1. Failure to wear safety goggles or safety glasses with sideshields while using hand tools. Eye injuries are considered the most traumatic of the many thousands of hand tool accidents that are reported yearly by the U. S. Consumer Prod- uct Safety Commission. No. 2. Using the wrong tool for the job – such as using a tack hammer for driving a spike or hand maul to drive a finishing nail. No. 3. Right tool, improper use. Even the best-made tool will botch a job when used improperly. Striking a nail with a hammer cheek instead of its face can cause a nailing problem or an accident. Handling a chisel incorrectly – such as pushing a chisel with one hand while the other holds the work in front of the cutting edge – can cause se- vere injury. The solution is to clamp work in a vise so both hands are free to handle the tool. No. 4. Improper tool maintenance. A worn tip on a screwdriver can result in a gashed hand. Similarly, a loose or damaged handle can turn a hammerhead into a deadly flying object. No. 5. Overworking a tool's capabilities. The most common error prob- ably is to use a "cheater bar" to increase the leverage of a wrench. This can result in serious injury. No. 6. Striking one tool with another. Certain tools are made to strike other specific tools or materials. Use only the proper striking tools for these jobs. Don't use a wrench to drive a nail and don't use one hammer to strike another. For more information on the safe use of hand tools, contact the Hand Tools Institute, 25 North Broadway, Tarrtytown, N.Y. 10591 or visit the HTI web site at BOOTH NO. 1305!

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