Construction Machine Safety

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Revised September 2010

Subject:  Wood/Carpentry Shop                  

Grade:  9-12

Unit:  Construction Machine Safety            

Pacing:  36 weeks


Essential Question(s):

  • Can you expect to operate construction machinery without injury?
  • Can using power tools with mastery increase your value as an employee, secure steady employment and make your work day easier and more enjoyable?

Big Idea(s):

  • How to operate construction portable and stationary power tools without injury.
  • How to use these machines effectively and efficiently 

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)



  • Machinery makes tasks easier
  • When misused can be very dangerous
  • Mastery secures employment








  • Explain how tasks are completed more accurately and easily when using machinery
  • Demonstrate safe power tool operation
  • Explain why a construction worker who can safely operate many different machines (possibly certified) would have a better chance of hanging on to a job longer than someone who does not have these skills








Instructional Planning

  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Demonstration
  • Students exploration of operations.

Suggested Resources/Materials:



  • Measuring tape
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety guards where appropriate
  • Lumber
  • Machinery