|Hope she's wearing her hard-hat!|
From The Wizard of OZ
- Keep the workspace obstacle free – Pick up, smooth ground tarps, re-lead power cords... anything so you reduce your chance of tripping. This is on-going, and easy to let slide. Work at it.
- Respect cutting edges – Teeth bite. Knife
edges cut. It’s what they do best. Keep your fingers clear of the business ends
of tools. Don't ever use your body as a clamp or work surface when using edge tools.
- Respect power– Electricity, like fire,
can be a great ally and a formidable enemy. Keep it away from water. Disconnect
before adjusting a power tool (same goes for pneumatic). Secure your material
(clamps). If you’re not ready to cut, keep your finger off the trigger. Make
sure you know that the area is clear before you pull it. Keep a two-hand grip
on tools until they come to full stop.
- Respect gravity – Falling from even a small boat can cause severe injury. Free your hands and use hand-grips. Make sure ladders and steps are secure and move carefully. Pass stuff, or pull it up in a bucket, rather than carry it on or off the boat (Carrying a chisel while climbing is like running with scissors).
- Respect mass – Don’t get under un-blocked
masses (like, the boat?). Lift carefully, following correct procedure
(yes, there is such a thing... look it up!). Plan big, scary operations
(e.g., turning a hull) with utmost care.
- Respect chemistry – Many of the substances used in boatbuilding (even sawdusts) are toxic. Wear all appropriate safety gear. Many are combustible. Make sure fire extinguishers are handy and charged. Do your homework and learn about the hazards involved. Avoid spontaneous combustion situations... piles of sawdust or oily rags (don’t ever leave them folded or crumpled; dispose of immediately in a water-filled, metal container or by controlled burn).
- Communicate – Make sure everyone in the
area knows what’s happening and understands your team’s safety SOPs. If it
needs saying more than once, be patient and persistent. This goes for general
safety and teamwork. Watch your co-workers' backs, and point out safety problems. No place for ego.
- Rehearse Difficult Operations – If you’ve not done it before, work up to it. Use scrap, at first, in good lighting and sure footing. Make it easy on yourself so that you’re only having to learn one skill at a time.