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.
Document last updated on May 28, 2004
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