Carpet Knife and Blade SafetyNovember 21, 2014
Carpet Knife and Blade Safety
Quality carpet knives and blades along with the choices in blade packaging have improved the performance, safety and productivity of carpet installers everywhere. Focus for installers has always been excellently engineered blades. They look for the sharpest and longest lasting blades they can buy at the best prices on the market, but knife and blade safety is equally important and the old practice of tossing blades under the carpet during installation is now frowned upon in the industry.
When using carpet knives with removable blades, there are always safety risks. Cut resistant gloves and eye safety is important. Careless handling of blades and knives result in thousands of serious cuts and injuries every year resulting in lost wages, lost productivity and Workman’s Compensation that are completely unnecessary and avoidable. Always use sharp blades and change the blade whenever it starts to tear instead of cut. A dull blade is more likely to slip than a sharp one.
Safety blade dispensers can hold up to 100 blades that slide out, one at a time for quick and safe blade change-outs. Blade disposal slots located in the bottom of many dispensers give the installers a convenient way to dispose of their used blades. Safe and convenient blade storage and disposal allow carpet installers to use the best carpet blades in the safest possible way, ultimately saving them time and money. A mini 20 blade dispenser is a wonderful option for installers who are looking for the same safety and convenient features in a smaller pack.
New safety knives and ergonomic cutters can also help to reduce injuries. Many large companies require their workers to now carry auto-retractable safety knives that are designed to reduce laceration injuries. Ergonomic cutters are available to help reduce stress on a worker’s hand and wrist.
All of these packaging and design innovations have been created to save installers time while making their handling of sharp blades as safe as possible.
- To be sure that blades are properly seated in knives and that knives are properly closed before use.
- To keep your free hand away from the line of the cut.
- To keep a cut resistant glove on your free hand while cutting with a carpet knife.
- To pull, not push the knife because the blade could break off.
- To not bend or apply side loads to blades by using them to open cans or pry loose objects like screws. Blades are brittle and can snap easily.
- To retract a blade when not in use.
These tips may seem like common sense, but jobs being performed that use knives are usually part of other distracting activities. Try to form good safe habits for using blades and knives.