Hospital emergency room visits account for approximately 10,600 visits annually due to improper usage of circular saws.
Important Safety Guidelines
- Wear PPE (safety glasses and hearing protection).
- While operating a saw, keep long hair tied back, do not wear loose clothing or jewelry.
- Before the cut, set the depth of the saw to 1/8" thicker than material.
- Prepare a stable surface to cut material on. Never cut on your knee.
- Never alter a manufacturer’s guard.
- Blade guard should move freely to both the open and closed positions.
- Never cut with a dull blade.
- Always unplug the saw before you replace the blade.
- Cut short material from long material first.
- Stand to the side when cutting material. This position protects you from any potential kickback.
- Hold the saw with two hands; one hand stabilizes the material to prevent the saw from moving and the other hand is on the saw.
- After your cut, you can put the saw down.
- Support large panels so they will not pinch the blade.
- Beware of knots or sap in the wood and never remove the blade from the material while it is cutting.
- Keep all electrical cords clear of the cutting path.
- Do not twist the saw while cutting to change direction or saw alignment unless the blade is designed for that purpose.
- Do not carry portable circular saws with hands or fingers on the trigger switch.
- Keep the work area clean and free of debris and scraps to prvent stumbling or tripping.
- Pre-read the Toolbox Talk. Your comfort level and confidence will be higher if you know your topic.
- Discuss related tasks, work areas or events that make the Toolbox Talk relevant to your job site.
- Involve the workers by asking questions and input that drives discussion.
Questions for Discussion
- How can this tool hurt you?
- How could you prevent it from happening?