How to safely operate a biscuit joiner

A biscuit joiner is a woodworking tool used to join two pieces of wood together. These have a small circular saw which cuts the hole in two pieces of wood which are then joined together with a circular section of wood.

How could an accident at work happen with a biscuit joiner?

It is much easier to get an accident at work injury with a biscuit joiner than you would think. This is mainly due to the small electrical saw which could easily cut skin. The electrical saw needs to be sharp to cut through many different wood types, so it would have no problem injuring you if a part of your body got in the way of the machine. Not only this, but because it cuts through wood it will create a lot of sawdust which if it gets into your eyes can cause a serious work injury claim.

How do I avoid having an accident at work using a biscuit joiner?

The first thing you need to do before you even use the joiner is to ensure you are wearing appropriate clothing. Make sure you are wearing a protective mask so you don’t inhale any dust, as well as goggles to stop anything going in your eyes.

You also want to make sure that there is no obvious damage to the biscuit joiner or its wires. If you see any physical damage, especially any split wires, don’t use it and instantly report it to your manager to prevent a serious health and safety claim. Once you are happy you are wearing the correct items and the equipment is safe, the main thing to remember is always stay focused on the joiner and what you are cutting. Whilst the machine is on never turn your back away or become distracted, as this is when accidents at work happen. Also, make sure you do not put anything else in front of the biscuit joiner, other than the wood, to avoid a work injury. Never put your hand or any body part in front, always make sure you are holding the device in front of you.

If you do have an accident with a biscuit joiner or other device at work that wasn’t your fault, speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out how could make a claim.

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