Woodworking involves the use of a variety of hand and power tools. It's
a very important part of the whole woodworking industry because it makes
everything a lot easier.
But the convenience comes with a certain price, and that is safety.
If you get a bit clumsy you can easily cut a finger off.
So the question is, how do keep yourself safe from injuries and
accidents in the workshop?
"Keith Nuttle" wrote in message
On 9/27/2012 10:59 PM, ownerbuilder2012 wrote:
THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND DO NOT LISTEN TO YOUR IPOD WHEN
RUNNING THE SAW, DRILL, OR OTHER ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT.
=============================================================================I once worked in a shop (machine shop) that did not allow radios but you
could listen to something with headphones. Plain stupid. I worked in another
that would not let you smoke in the building but you could drink beer.
Become a safety freak. Read books and watch videos to get an idea how to
use equipment safely.
For me, it was easy. I was raised among folks who were NOT safety
conscious. I would see all those missing fingers, feet, limbs and going to
funerals, it made an impression on me. And my all time favorite safety
mental picture, I always envisioned my father. I made sure I did NOT do
anything like him.
The world is full of stupid people. Strive to be the healthy alternative.
Study, practice, homework and no drinking.
IMHO, one of the best safety devices for a table saw are sleds.
I try not to use a miter gage where ever possible.
One thing to realize is just how fast the situation changes from
"everything's ok" to "I just had an accident." Note how there's no "I'm
having an accident." Shop incidents happen fast!
Don't work tired.
Learn the conditions kickbacks are most likely to occur and avoid them.
At the same time, position yourself so that if kickbacks occur you won't
be in the line of fire. This has been the subject of several threads
long ago, but it probably wouldn't hurt to have a new one.
Remember your lungs and ears must be protected as well as your eyes.
Nobody is allowed to approach you while ANY tool is in use. They should
stand off to the side until you're at a point where being startled won't
Hand tools and hand-held power tools can be just as dangerous, if not
moreso, than stationary power tools.
If you're interested in specific tools, post a thread about that tool.
On Sep 28, 12:32 pm, Puckdropper <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote:
speaking of ears, I developed an inner ear disease which caused me to
lose hearing in my right ear. My left ear is fading as well. When
I'm in my shop, I now where hearing protection whenever I'm using any
loud tools. I don't need anything to expedite the hearing loss. Put
on a pair of hearing protection and imagine if you had to go thru life
I am a bit confused. What is "it" that you are referring to? Hand
tools or power tools.
And I will agree, with out hand or power tools it would be difficult to
make things. I hope you don't think that we don't realize that.
Do you mean working with hand tools or power tools.
Yeah, anything with a blade can do that.
Paying attention and knowing that hand tools and power tools are not the
> Woodworking involves the use of a variety of hand and power tools. It's
> a very important part of the whole woodworking industry because it makes
> everything a lot easier.
> accidents in the workshop?
You can't keep yourself away from being injured at the workplace but
still you have to be very careful to avoid it.
In many cases, you can keep yourself from being injured. There will be
the times you can't do anything to prevent something from happening, but
most of the time you can take steps to be safe.
Safety equipment is available and the good stuff will protect you. In
combination with your eyes and brain, you can reduce the chance of
You must learn what goes on when a task is going right, and stop if
things aren't going right. It's not right to see a piece of wood move
while you're attempting to profile the edge with a hand-held router.
Conversely, it's not good to see a table-mounted router move while doing
the same operation.
Today, ALL corporations have strict, behavior-based systems in place
that stress that virtually ALL ACCIDENTS ARE PREVENTABLE (excluding
meteors, lightning, earthquakes and other Acts of God [Root Cause No.
8]). If you brougth that attitude to a jobsite or corporate Health
and Safety Meeting in today's workplace, you'd be fired on the spot.
AND EVEN WORSE RESPONSE
People aren't perfect, they do not all react the same way or even hear
the same things. You cannot expect a 'digital' type of response action
from everybody. And, if you try to remove all the people who do not
respond as fully expected, you're doomed to failure from the start.
All you can do is to put reasonable protection devices and training
into the mix and hope that most of it hits home.
I'm just saying, if you came to one of our job sites and conveyed that
attitude to the designated Health and Safety officer or a client rep,
you'd be dismissed on the spot. And the company you work for would
face a safety stand-down (i.e. work stoppage) and be subjected to a
safety program review by our client.
"Hoping" is not a valid loss prevention tool.
SPSA. "Safe Performance Self Assessment".
Before EVERY task, you ask yourself "What can go wrong"? So, every
time you change a tool (say, going from the jointer to the planer, or
the planer to the table saw), you take 30 secs and ask the question.
Then ask "What can I do to prevent that from happening"?
What really drives it home is the next question: "If the worst case
happens, what will result?" i.e. "I'll lose some fingers, I'll be out
of work for some weeks, I'll lose income, I won;t be able to work at
this job anymore, I'll spiral into debt and lose my home....."
These pratices are incorporated into several programs that virtually
ALL major corporations have integrated into their contracts. e.g.
Exxon Mobil's "LOss PRevention System (LPS)'.
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