THE Victoria Park Men’s Shed has become a safer place after it received a new saw.
The organisation received a $7000 grant from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for a SawStop, which has an electrical signal in its blade that helps it avoid cutting skin.
Men’s Shed management committee chairman Jack Beere said the saw meant that the organisation could run more efficiently and safely.
“We had a close call where someone nearly got cut and so that motivated us to get the grant,” he said.
“Having the SawStop also means we can handle bigger sheets of timber and the safety of our operators is improved.”
The grant was one of 39 awarded by the department to organisations around Australia, with the money totalling $640,000.
The Men’s Shed is open on Mondays and Thursdays and is always looking for new members and interested people are invited to Kensington PCYC on Anketell St.