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Competencies covered

MSFFL2017: Install carpet cushion underlays and gripper accessories

MSFFL2018: Install unpatterned tufted and bonded carpet floor coverings

Health and safety

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It sometimes seems that there are lots of rules and regulations when it comes to safety on-site.

But the basic formula for staying healthy and avoiding injures is really quite simple:

  • use safe work practices at all times

  • look for hazards before you start any new job and take actions to control them

  • keep the workplace tidy

  • maintain a professional attitude and don't take shortcuts.
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Many of the specific safety issues that you need to be aware of when you're installing carpet over a gripper system are covered in other units in this Flooring Technology resource.

Here they are in summary, linked to the orginal page on which they were discussed:

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Knife safety

One issue that is not discussed in the above units is how to use a knife safely.

Knives are potentially hazardous - but if you always follow good work practices, you can easily avoid cut injuries, and the job won't take any longer.

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Here are some hints on knife safety.

  • Keep the blade sharp - and change it whenever it starts to get blunt

  • Keep your free hand clear - if you need to hold the material or a straight edge, make sure it's not in the direct line of the cut

  • Don't over-reach while you're cutting - this will help you maintain maximum control

  • Don't bend the blade sideways - they will snap easily if they're bent or twisted in the cut
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Learning activity

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In addition to a carpet knife or utility knife, you will also use other cutting tools for trimming carpet and cushion underlay. Some of these are shown in the first lesson in this section - Tools and equipment.

It's very important to keep the cutting edges sharp while you're working - either by replacing disposable blades or by sharpening the dulled edge on an oilstone.

Why is it often said that you're less likely to suffer a cut injury from a sharp blade than from a blunt blade? How does its sharpness affect your cutting action, and the likelihood of an injury?

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