Anyone who works in the woodworking industry is well aware of how dangerous the various machines and saws can be if not handled properly. Thousands of injuries occur each year because many workers and employers don't take their safety seriously. When supervising woodworking projects, you can significantly curtail your employees' risk by learning standard safety solutions and urging the adoption of best practices when working with common types of dangerous machinery.
Your business can implement several organization-wide solutions to combat common accidents and injuries. These safety solutions can be applied to many different types of machines:
1. Braking Devices
Braking devices prevent injuries resulting from workers accidentally touching tools that are running down but have not stopped moving. Workers will often switch off the machine and leave it unattended while it runs down, creating an unmanaged risk. Braking devices limit rundown times for cutting tools; if your risk assessment determines that your machine needs a braking device, you are legally required to purchase one.
Kickbacks occur when a saw seizes the stock and hurls it back at the operator. This can happen when the stock twists and binds against the side of the blades or is caught in the teeth.
- Use a spreader to prevent material from squeezing the saw or kicking back during ripping.
- Use anti-kickback fingers on both sides of the blade to hold the stock down in case the saw kicks back the material.
3. Proper Training
Make sure your employees receive proper training and understand safety issues associated with the machinery. Make sure that your employees are following machinery instructions properly and encourage them to ask questions or seek help if they are unsure how to use a tool. Your business should implement training on a regular basis to ensure that workers are equipped to handle new machinery.
4. Proper Safety Gear
Wearing safety glasses/goggles, dust masks, hearing protection, proper shoes, and gloves can help prevent workers from major injury. Make sure everyone is equipped with the proper gear, and implement safety rules requiring workers to wear gear. Avoid loose clothing or items that may get caught in machinery.
Woodworking is a dangerous trade with many hazards. Implement these safety regulations to ensure the safety of your workers and woodworking business.
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