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Safety in Woodworking
« on: 07. April 2021, 13:36:37 »
Woodworking can be a very enjoyable pastime, but it does have some risks. Risks can come from the equipment, the wood, the environment, or just about anywhere. It is important to put safety first when working on a project, no matter how simple it may seem to you. Here is a list of common injuries. Review them carefully so that you are aware of what could happen while you're working with wood.

1) Cuts are probably the most common woodworking injury. Severe cuts and lacerations can occur if you slip or carelessly use a chisel, saw, router or blade. Use protective gloves and take your time to avoid serious injury.

2) Equipment malfunction can cause saw blades and drill or router bits to fragment and shoot off in a lot of different directions. Wear "work" clothes made of thick canvas and protective eye gear to minimize your injuries that could occur if this happens to you.

3) Eye injuries are very common. Splintering wood, sawdust, metal fragments and even dangerous fumes can be in the air while you're working with wood. It is a good idea to always wear safety goggles while tackling a woodworking project.

4) Toxic substances can be found in finishes and different types of treated wood. These substances can be inhaled. It is important to know exactly what you are working with before you begin. A good respirator can be a very wise investment. Even if you're working outdoors a respirator should be worn. Inhaling the wrong things can do permanent damage or even cause death.

5) Beware of unknown allergens. Sometimes woodworkers don't know that they are allergic to a type of wood until they cut it, handle it, or accidentally inhale some of the dust. This can cause a serious allergic reaction that may require immediate medical attention. Always keep a phone handy just in case you need to dial 911.

6) Electrocution should be a concern if you're working with power tools. Always be careful when you plug in power tools. Make sure that you have plenty of slack in the cord. Make sure that the cord does not have any frayed edges or exposed wire. If you're questioning the safety of a power tool, it's probably best to replace it.