Rick, I don't wonder at all why you choose to be safe when working with these things. Smart move and I couldn't agree more. I did give it some thought and tried to increase my safety by the doing the things I did. Maybe I dodged a bullet, I don't know.
What I do wonder about is this. I garner from your last post that perhaps you are/were a fireman due to that info presented. If that is the case, I wonder how the hell anyone in their right mind will enter a burning building on purpose!!!
Kidding aside, I have the utmost respect for firemen. I interact with them regularly and find their dedication to helping others to the point of putting themselves in mortal danger to be quite honorable.
In summary, life in itself is quite dangerous. I've seen enough car wrecks and other incidents with serious bodily injury and death to know that it can happen at any time. That is not even mentioning the harm people intentionally do to others as well. Its what we can do to mitigate such incidents that will help us live to a ripe old age. We just have to weigh the odds sometimes I guess.
Take Freetown Fred for instance, he's older than dirt, yet the man has been around those dangerous horses for many years. With their bucking and kicking and throwing people off them, not to mention biting sometimes, why its a miracle he's alive at all!