Injury Statistics

Here are some important factors to know while working in the woodwork area

1/ It is the place with the most likely occurrence of incident


2/ Injuries are more likely to happen to non-professional woodworkers

Responses from 1000 injured woodworkers to a demographic survey revealed that 60.5% of injuries occurred to amateur woodworkers


3/ A sizable percentage of people who do woodworking are likely to get injured at some stage

Injuries associated with woodshop tool use were reported by 64% of all respondents. Hammers, chisels/gouges, and table saws were most frequently reported in association with injuries, although the highest tool-specific injury rates were associated with use of jointer-planers (4.9 injuries per 1000 person-hours of use), chisels/gouges (3.3 injuries), and drill presses (3.1 injuries). One third reported tool use-associated injuries that were severe enough to require professional medical attention; 5% of all respondents suffered partial amputations.


4/ The hand is the most commonly injured part of the body

The hand was injured in 53 cases (67%).


5/ The majority of injuries involve equipment use and misuse

The majority (88.4%) of shop injuries involved equipment use. Equipment was misused in 37.9% and malfunctioned in 3.5% of the incidents.


6/ A cut or tear in your skin is the most common injury caused in the woodworking room

The leading injuries reported for shop equipment were lacerations (70.9%), burns (6.0%), and abrasions (4.6%), whereas the leading for nonequipment injuries were lacerations (45.4%), fractures (9.2%), and pain/tenderness (6.7%).


7/ Injuries can result in trips to the emergency department

In 1996, 167 students were injured in a shop class and 45 (26.9%) visited an ED as a result of the shop injury. Equipment was a factor in 88.9% of the shop injuries admitted to the ED.

(These were mainly as a result of using equipment that is in the machine shop e.g. rip saw, band saw etc.)


8/ Injuries are preventable, and we ALL need to help to improve safety

School shop (woodworking room) injuries have a great impact on students, their families, and schools because of the loss of productivity for the student and the financial impact. Many of the injuries are preventable. These findings stress the need for school administrators, teachers, and students to develop and improve safety policies and practices in school shop classes.