O&P fabrication labs are noisy, dusty, and often smelly. The tools of the trade can cut, grind, burn, and bruise. For some, such working conditions might seem intolerable. Many O&P technicians, however, would tell you that there is no place they’d rather be than working on the bench. Every day, technicians sand, mix, heat, and rivet to fabricate devices that will help patients with amputation and functional impairments to be more mobile. It’s rewarding work, but accidents happen, and the possibility exists that at any moment a technician could be injured, sometimes seriously.