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Robert Thompson’s Craftsman Ltd

Safe Use of Wood Working Machines – Robert Thompson’s Craftsman Ltd

The woodworking industry is one of the highest causes of fatalities and major injuries within the United Kingdom.

At Leeds College of Building, we have a history of delivering the Safe Use of Wood Working Machines course to both small and large companies, colleges, schools and local authorities.

The lecturers who deliver the course have extensive practical knowledge of the wood working industry and can offer practical solutions to wood working machinery safety procedures. Courses can be tailored to meet specific customer requirements and in the main they are delivered at the customers’ premises using the machines that the delegates use on a daily basis.

The College’s Business Development Manager, Alex Hirst, ensures that following an initial enquiry for this type of course, a course proposal document is produced to summarize the learning objectives and outcomes as per the client requirements. Typically a course can be delivered in one day covering four or five machines for up to seven delegates. For LCB the safety of course delegates is paramount and as such part of the service offered by the College is a pre-visit to the client’s premises to assess its suitability for training purposes.

Numerous Safe Use of Wood Working Machines have been delivered over the past few months to a range of different organisations, from small joinery companies through to large schools and universities. The College has recently delivered a programme to Robert Thompson’s Craftsmen Ltd, home of the well-known Mousemann furniture range, who approached the College with a need to make sure that the organisation’s apprentices were fully up to speed with the safety aspect of using the wide range of machines in the company’s factory. The course was delivered by Peter Hunt, one of the College’s experienced tutors, and as expected received very positive feedback from the company. Peter Cartwright, Robert Thompson’s Production Director, had this to say:-

Robert Thompson’s Craftsmen Ltd is a small family run company making furniture in the traditional manner, as passed down by my Great Grandfather – Robert Thompson.

We employ 30 staff including six apprentices. Our craftsmen use a variety of wood working machinery and therefore it is imperative that that they are taught to use the machines correctly and safely.

We employed the services of Leeds College of Building for the first time in 2014 for a three day course in the safe use of wood working machines. Our decision to use Leeds College of Building was influenced heavily by the fact the course was conducted on site by Peter Hunt with the machines that our craftsmen use every day.

We received extremely positive feedback from our apprentices, who found it very informative and confidence building. Peter is clearly experienced and knowledgeable but also approachable – we will be booking the course again in 2015 as we have two new apprentices following in the footsteps of the master craftsmen!’

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