Many people are injured each year by woodworking accidents. Here are a few tips on staying safe while working in your workshop.
Wear the Right Equipment
Wear all your protective equipment. Make sure you have your goggles on. Your eyesight is the most important sense that you have; protect it with the proper eye coverage. Don’t wear loose clothing that could get caught easily in a machine. Also, wear earplugs to protect your hearing from the harmful noise of machinery.
Collect the Dust
Dust collection systems are helpful and keeping fine particles from getting into your lungs, but be careful as the dust can be explosive. Check out this barrel dust collector to keep explosions from happening. Also, always wear a respirator to keep dust and paint fumes from damaging your lungs.
Be Careful of the Cutters
When using a rotating cutting tool such as a planer or router, always push the wood against the rotation of the blade. Use pushing blocks to keep fingers as far away from the blade as possible. When you change the blade, always turn off and unplug the machine before removing it. Also, never reach over a blade to grab a scrap piece or other objects unless the motor is turned off and the blade has stopped spinning.
Keep Blades Sharp
Dull blades can grab and kick back your piece of wood, so make sure all cutting edges are sharp. Worn blades can also burn or chip out your piece.
Get Rid of Clutter
Waste material, as well as good material, can stack up in a workshop easily. If you step over materials to run your equipment, it can cause you to trip and injure yourself. Keep your equipment clear of all clutter.
Woodworking is enjoyable and rewarding. Employing these safety tips will keep you safe and allow you to continue the work you enjoy.