Or, in this case, maybe they needed a blast shield.
@FullMetalMentor And this might give you some idea of why regular eyewear won't help very much. Surgeons have a really hard time digging all those shards and slivers out of your retina and/or frontal lobes of your brain.
Most glasses nowadays (including mine) are made of polycarbonate, which are shatter resistant, and are the same material that safety glasses are made of.
Edit: Also, that's an advertisement for their companies glasses, of course they picked the least safe lens types.
Most serious injury I had in vex was when my teammate left a cut axle in a vice and it slit the inside of my elbow.
Most serious injury I have seen in vex was when my team builder was watching me (driver) compete in the finals match 3 (good old days) and we won, he started celebrating by jumping up and down. Only thing was that he was standing on a stool so he could get a better view.
It could have been worse.
Worst thing I have seen in a vex classroom was when 2 8th graders got into a fight for I-have-no-idea.
Wire cutters "mangle", not cut axles. Wire cutters are no longer part of team tool sets. I will be giving out nail clippers to cut zip ties, the only thing that should be cut without proper machine tools and safety equipment. I also discourage any pliers; pliers tend to round off nuts and mare axles. Brass pliers can be used without damaging axles and wrenches or nut drivers should be used for nuts.
Cyberguys.com have Smart Pliers with serrated jaws design specifically for removing stripped screws.
Otherwise pliers are removed from tool sets.
Bolt cutters can cut the axle and probably will also cut the 1/4" axles. Our recommended procedure is to to use a hack saw with the axle held securely in a vice (safety glasses are recommended, you don't know what the person next to you might be doing). This leaves a nearly square end that can be easily filed clean and square. Bolt cutters generally leave a pinched off end. The square end provides better engagement in the motor.