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Health and safety in the woodworking industry

Getting started

This website will help you manage woodworking risks, as well as provide you with regular updates on health and safety issues.

Getting started

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Semi-automatic cross-cut saw incident

A worker at a pallet manufacturer lost three fingers on his left hand when assisting the operator of a semi-automatic cross cut saw.

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Health and safety made simple

This site is for employers and those who want some basic information on what they must do to make sure their businesses comply with health and safety law.

The basics for your business

Managing woodwork safely

Key elements to managing woodwork safely within your business include:

Managing woodwork safely

Introduction to woodcutting machinery

Below are a number of examples which illustrate safe practice in the use of:

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Working with machinery

Around two-thirds of all accidents occur on just three types of machine:

  • circular saws
  • vertical spindle moulders
  • surface planers

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Updated 2019-09-24