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    How to safely operate a wood shredder


    Wood shredders are used by many loggers, gardeners, and landscapers to break large pieces of wood down into smaller pieces that can then be used for other purposes such as paving walkways, lining flowerbeds, and fertilising soil. Despite the fact that their blades are contained within a metal encasement, they can still be extremely dangerous tools due to the constant possibility of pieces of wood being flung from the feeding chute. In this article, you’ll learn how to operate a wood shredder safely so as to avoid injury.

    What is a wood shredder?

    A wood shredder is very similar to a wood chipper, but has one important difference. While a wood chipper has very sharp blades that then create sharp and well-defined pieces of cut-up wood, a shredder has intentionally blunt blades that don’t cut so much as rip and tear, creating softer small pieces of wood. Like wood chippers, wood shredders come in various different sizes, some suitable for home use, and others as large as trucks for industrial use.

    Tips for safely operating a wood shredder

    • Never operate a wood shredder while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or while feeling tired or ill
    • Always wear protective goggles, gloves, and metal-capped footwear
    • Never attempt to use a wood shredder at work without proper training or supervision
    • Never leave a wood shredder turned on an unattended
    • Never attempt to force wood that is too large into the feeding chute
    • Never touch a piece of wood that has become lodged in the feeding chute while the shredder is turned on
    • Turn the machine off completely before attempting any adjustments, and wait until the blades are completely still before touching the machine
    • Stand clear when the machine is in operation
    • Always use in a well-lit and ventilated area
    • Never attempt to lift a wood shredder by yourself

    Accident Advice Helpline is here to help

    If you have been injured in an accident with a wood shredder at work, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is because your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe at work, and this includes providing you with the proper gear, training, and supervision you need to do your job, as well as ensuring that no one else in the work area creates hazards. To find out more about personal injury compensation, contact our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.

    Date Published: March 3, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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