Health and Safety for Machine Knitters
Generally knitting machines do not pose a great risk to health or safety, but some supervision is required for
younger or less experienced users because of the moving parts, the sharp or heavy elements, and the electrical
components of some models of machine or their accessories (eg a garter carriage).
- When the knitting carriage moves along the needle bed it can catch on the knitter's sleeves in work,
so we advise that users don't wear garments with loose or knitted sleeves when operating a knitting machine.
- The yarn tension mast can spring up and flick back - either position the machine against a wall, or prevent
others from walking behind the machine.
Sharp or heavy objects
- Although serious injury is unlikely, the needles are sharp and can snag clothing, jewellery and skin if due
care is not taken, as can some of the hand tools.
- The individual weights for some knitting machines are over 500gms/1lb each and knitters need to keep their
feet out of the way in case the weights fall off. There is actually a casting on technique called 'broken toe
cast on' - for good reason.
- As with any electrical equipment, electronic knitting machines and electrical accessories should be fitted
with an appropriate plug (earthed) and fuse.
- Cables should be checked regularly for wear and be positioned so that they do not pose a hazard to users.
When setting up or dismantling a knitting machine, care should be taken when lifting and moving the heavier components
and the portable table, if used.