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Health and safety in the woodworking industry

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The woodworking industry has one of the highest accident rates in manufacturing, most of which are caused by contact with moving machinery. This accounted for 25% of all major accidents and one of last year’s two deaths in the woodworking industry.

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

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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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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 2019-02-04