|Re:Cohousing Common Workshop Safety/Use Policies||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Elke (kweenzgmail.com)|
|Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2005 06:29:57 -0800 (PST)|
I think it's great that you have a community workshop. I strongly suggest you have an agreement that people using large electrical tools (such as table saws, standing drills, etc) inform someone nearby when they are operating them. I've lived in 3 different communities, and each one had a BAD accident, even with someone nearby. By BAD I mean where someone's hand was not as functional afterward. If someone knows you're using a dangerous tool, they'll be ready to call 911 or something if there's an accident, and might stop by if they realize they haven't heard from you in a while. As for no unsupervised kids - YES! My daughter almost got serously hurt on a table saw when she was 16, and that was with (weak) supervision. Woodshops are wonderful, but need to be treated with respect. 11 sounds young to me, unless you have the power tools locked so a bright, inquisitive kid can't try it out. -Elke
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