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Safety topics

Working with machinery: Woodworking is the only industry where machinery accidents cause more injuries than slips and trips. Around 25% of these are classed as major injuries. Accidents can be caused by either contact with the moving parts, including tools, or kickbacks of timber and ejected cutters. This happens because of inadequate guarding and poor systems of work, often resulting from insufficient training.

Slips, trips and fallsare one of the most commonly reported workplace injury.

Vehicles: Vehicles at work continue to be a major cause of fatal and major injuries.

Fire and explosion: Wood dust is highly flammable and you need to take care to extract it safely and keep it away from sources of ignition.

Updated 2014-12-10