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This unit is designed to acquaint new students with some common shop hazards. Its goal is to prevent injuries to the people who use this facility. As you view the audiovisuals and read the suggested pages listed in the learning activities, you should realize that a major part of shop safety is based upon common sense and thinking ahead. It is an accepted fact that forethought and the elimination of carelessness can avoid virtually all shop accidents.
Before you make a move, think about what might occur. THINK AHEAD. Develop the habit of never trusting mechanical devices. Never place yourself in a position where you could be hurt if something mechanical failed. Your hands are especially vulnerable. Always be on the watch for possible pinch points that could develop. Give your undivided attention and thought to the task before you. Daydreaming or talking with a friend reduces your attention on the job.
When you actually begin working on machine tools, you will be reading safety considerations related to particular machines. Obviously, you may not be using certain machines until later on. You are expected to review those sections, which apply, whenever you deem it advisable.
Maintaining shop safety is a full-time job. You can never relax in your accident prevention habits. Remember that safety is a habit, and it must be practiced until it is automatic. If you ever encounter a situation you're not sure of with regard to safety, consult with an instructor.
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