This is a jewel of an article I found while searching topics to write about during Safety Week. It jumped at me as I scanned the search results. I find this a good example of how to be ready to safely get the work done while in the shop.
I found this article on the FineWoodworking.com’s paid-access web site. Although I can include only the abstract, which I found at this link, I want it to share it with you because it points out the three main causes of woodworking injuries. I let the extract tell us the story in a very direct, succinct way:
A hand surgeon looks at how accidents happen
by Dr. E. Jeff Justis
Woodworker and hand surgeon Dr. E. Jeff Justis talks about three main causes for injuries in the woodshop: inattention through repetition, an unanticipated happening, and inexperience or overconfidence. He offers tips on how to avoid these injuries, such as by using push sticks and other safety devices, not working when tired, and by pausing after every couple of repeat operations to refocus and regain full awareness. Many of the victims he’s met had 20 or more years of experience as woodworkers when they were hurt and have lessons to share on avoiding their situations. A separate article discusses bad judgment brought on by fatigue as another major cause of injury.
From Fine Woodworking #36
There we have it; I highlighted in green the main causes, according to the research by Dr. Justis. If you have a chance, please try to read the entire article.
At the time this article was published, Dr. Jeff Justis was a hand surgeon in Memphis, TN.