Many professions call for the regular use of saws. For example, if you’re a construction worker or carpenter, there’s a good chance you rely on a circular saw and table saw for making fast and precise cuts.
While there are many benefits of using a saw in any form, it’s also one of the most dangerous tools on a worksite. Here are five saw safety tips you should follow:
- Always wear safety equipment: Even if you’re only making one quick cut, you should wear equipment such as safety goggles and earplugs.
- Don’t wear loose fitting clothing: For example, a loose fitting sleeve could get caught in a table saw blade, thus putting your arm and hand in danger. The same holds true for accessories, such as jewelry, so examine yourself closely before taking action.
- Keep a clean workspace: Power tool accidents often happen as a result of a disorganized workspace. An example would be leaving spare pieces of wood around the area in which you stand when making cuts. It takes some extra time to clean your workspace, but it’s better than risking injury.
- Use safety features: Many power tools have safety features that can help prevent an accident when used appropriately. For instance, a table saw has a blade guard and anti-kickback pawls to protect you. There are times when it’s tempting to remove a safety feature, such as to make a unique cut, but doing so increases the risk of an accident.
- Maintain a stable position: You should always be on balance with a stable stance when using a saw. The slightest of slips can increase the risk of injury, so don’t take any risks with your positioning.
Even if you have many years of experience using power tools, you could still be part of a worksite accident that results in a serious injury.
If you’re injured by a saw or another piece of equipment, assess your injury and call 911 for help if required.
Your medical team can diagnose your injury, provide initial treatment and lay out a plan to help you make a full recovery. If you learn that you can’t immediately return to work, consider filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. You’ll need the money to assist you financially as you recover.