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What does a carpenter do?

A carpenter builds or repairs various structures, working primarily with wood. Some of a carpenter's main duties are to:

  • Measure, cut, shape, assemble and join materials.
  • Read, prepare and interpret blueprints and drawings.
  • Prepare cost estimates and documentation for clients.
  • Conform to building codes and other regulations.
  • Use, clean and maintain various equipment and tools.
  • Supervise apprentices or other workers.

What are some health and safety issues for carpenters?

Carpenters face their own unique set of occupational hazards. These include the following:

What are some preventive measures for carpenters?

  • Install and maintain good ventilation.
  • Keep tools and equipment in good working order.
  • Clean up wood dust regularly.
  • Wear appropriate eye protection, footwear, and other protective equipment for the task.
  • Keep work areas clear of clutter and equipment.
  • Learn safe lifting techniques.
  • Avoid awkward postures or repetitive tasks, or take frequent breaks.
  • Follow a recommended shift work pattern, and know the associated hazards.

What are some good general safe work practices?

Where can I get more information?

General information is available in OSH Answers or through the CCOHS person-to-person Inquiries Service.

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Document last updated on May 28, 2004

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