One should be careful before working on woodworking machines. Some basic tips could help avoid any accident at workplace. Before using any tool or machine you should read the owner’s manual carefully and feel free to ask questions regarding the machines and their safety. You should be properly trained in handling woodworking machines before using them.
Lot many things should be taken into consideration when using woodworking machines. You should make sure to follow certain safety procedures at your workplace. Some woodworking machines may be too noisy to your ears. If you are unable to hear someone speaking from three feet away, then the frequency of the noise is too high. In that case, you should wear hearing protection in order to avoid hearing damage. Safety glasses are goggles and dust masks are also recommended to wear while handling woodworking machines.
Wear gloves and protective footwear for a better protection. But make sure you are not near to the rotating blades and any other machinery parts. Before working, check the position of the guard, the available floor space, adjust all the safety devices and make sure the machines are grounded properly. The start and stop buttons should be protected and a collar of 3 to 6 mm should be put around the buttons to avoid any accidental contact. The buttons should be within the reach of the operator with the keys and adjusting wrenches being removed before working on the machines.
Before planning, cutting and routing, make sure the blades are in proper working condition and the stocks are clean. Use jigs during cutting procedures and a push stick for pushing material into the cutting area. Do not forget to turn the power off while changing, cleaning, inspecting, repairing or discussing the work. Secure the work pieces by clamping down and position the lighting sources for a better view of the tools.
Extension tables or roller supports should be used for large equipments and make sure to place the electric power cords above head level. The saw dust or chips should be removed by fitting local exhaust ventilation systems to the woodworking machines. Make sure the work area is clean and non-slip for an injury free working environment.
Avoid wearing loose clothes or any other jewellery and awkward operations with equipment at the workplace. Always use a stick or brush to remove sawdust. Using compressed air to clear sawdust should strictly be avoided. Do not turn off the machines abruptly or leave running unattended. The operators should always be alert while operating machines and avoid any sort of horse play at the work place.