Not using a podger as an apprentice led me to the greatest advice that I ever got.
I was pushing my finger through the bolt hole of a flange into the next flange whilst trying to line them up. The tradesman who I was working with went off on one shouting. “Would you put your cock in there” no I replied, obviously. We’ll never put your fingers, where you wouldn’t put your dick came his reply. He sent me off to get a podger.
As above. No hard hat will ever save you from a falling podger out the picker basket.
Its a finger saver when erecting structural steel, however I always go by my dads golden rule, ” never put your fingers where you wouldn’t put your knob”
Still wear a denture plate to this day to replace my missing front tooth when I slipped with a 36mm podger.
I was 30 odd foot up in the air in a cherry picker at the time and remember spitting out bits of tooth like they do in the cartoons, came a bit sharp I can tell you!