Woodworking can be very interesting, enjoyable and fun to engage in whether as a profession or as a hobby. However, to ensure that it does not turn into a nightmare, it is important that you apply caution and take your safety into consideration. Woodworking can be risky owing to its nature and the type of tools used in it. However, you can minimize or reduce the risk of workplace injury by applying some important woodwork safety rudiments. Here are some of the safety rules to apply if you are a woodworker.
Put on safety gear before you begin work
It may seem that many woodworkers obey this rule. However, there are still some that do not obey this rule. Some woodworkers do not have complete safety gear such as hearing protection, face cover, hand glove and the likes. Regardless of your experience level, it is a bad practice as far as safety is concerned to handle any woodwork project without putting on a complete safety gear. Working without putting on these gears exposes you to risk of having injury during work. Wearing the right gear entails putting on the right clothes. It is not every clothing that is suitable for woodworking. Avoid putting on loose clothes, dangling jewelry such as necklace, bracelets and watches.
Work when you are in full control of yourself
Woodworking requires full concentration and attention. Handling a woodwork project is like driving. So, it is important that you work when you are in full control of yourself or when you can give full concentration. It is not advisable to begin any work when you are tired, when you are drunk, or when you take any medication that impairs concentration. It is not good to take alcohol or drug when you are working as it can make you lose concentration.
Don’t work with blunt blades and bits and fault tools
Woodworking as already mentioned requires a lot of tools. However, when working with any of these tools, ensure that it is in the best working condition. No matter how experienced you are, it is not good to work with a faulty tool. Before you work with any tool check it and ensure that it is functioning very well. If any of your tools becomes fault, there is no need managing it. You have to repair it instead of managing it that way. Also ensure that the cutting edges such as blades and bits of your tools are sharp. Working with blunt blades and bits does not only spoil your work but also exposes you to risk of injury.
Handle power tools with caution
If you are using a power tool, handle them with caution to avoid the risk of electric shock. When checking your tool for fault or you want to replace any part such as blade, it is advisable that you disconnect it from its power source otherwise you risk being electrocuted.
Keep your hands away from the blade and bit
Always make cautious effort to avoid contact with cutting edges such as blade and bit during work. Some of them are very sharp and spin at a high speed such that they can give you serious injury if you have contact with them when they are spinning.