Do-it-yourself carpentry is a rewarding and often money-saving hobby. It is, however, also one of the main causes of accidental injuries in the home. Preventing personal injuries is easy, as long as safety precautions and procedures are followed. Here is how not to approach carpentry tasks.
In order to prevent carpentry accidents, it is vital not to just get stuck in without knowing how to use power tools correctly. It is far safer and also more efficient to read and follow operating instructions, familiarise yourself with the tool and practise a little on some spare wood before diving into the job at hand. It is also wise not to:
- Attempt tasks exceeding your level of knowledge or skills
- Forego wearing safety glasses or goggles
- Wear dangling jewellery or loose, dangly clothing
- Leave tools connected when changing, for instance, drill bits or saw blades
- Use blunt tools, as this requires more force and may cause injuries through kickbacks or bending
- Reach over blades or use your hands to remove scraps before blades have stopped completely. Instead, wait until the blade has stopped, then use a push-stick to remove any scraps
Measure twice, cut once
Finally, the thought ‘How odd, I have cut this twice and it is still too short’ wastes time and wood, so make sure you get it right first time by taking measurements repeatedly before starting to cut. Even at basic levels, successful carpentry is all about accuracy and, of course, experience. Remember that practice makes perfect, but if you lack the necessary expertise to complete a job confidently, call in a professional.
Most of these points also apply to professional carpenters. Careless handling of tools, lack of protective gear or ignoring basic safety procedures could all too easily result in accidents at work. Work injuries in carpentry environments can range from injuries to the eyes or skin by flying debris, minor bruises and cuts to severe lacerations, even the loss of fingers or limbs. Breathing in fine saw dust for prolonged periods may also cause work related illnesses.
Carpentry gone bad
If you were injured at work due to lack of or inadequate training, protective gear or instruction in safe working procedures, you may be entitled to work injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a well-known law firm specialising in industrial injury compensation. Call them to find out how to claim.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice