Approximately 40,000 Americans visit hospital emergency rooms every year with injuries sustained while operating table saws. Roughly 10% of these injuries result in amputations. Table Saws are a great and versatile tool, unfortunately they are also on the list of top most dangerous tools. It is critically important to follow common safety rules pertaining to the operation of a table saw.
- Wear proper eye and hearing protection, and when required, respiratory protection.
- Follow all table saw manufacturer’s instructions for reducing the risk of kickback
- Make sure the guard is in place and working correctly.
- Choose the proper saw blade for the type of work being done.
- Keep saw blades clean, sharp, and properly set so they will cut freely without being forced.
- Keep the work area clean. Operate the table saw in a non-congested, well-lit area.
- Feed material into the saw blade counter to the direction of rota;on
- During cutting, keep hands out of the line of the saw cut.
- Use the saw blade guard with a spreader and an;-kickback fingers for ripping or cross cutting operations.
- Keep your body to the side of the saw blade out of the line of a possible kickback.
- Use a push stick when ripping narrow stock
- When changing the saw blade, stop the machine, disconnect the power supply and place the plug end of the cord on top of the saw table.
- Do not perform free-hand sawing. The stock must be held firmly against the miter gauge or rip fence to position and guide the cut.
- Do not reach around or over a moving saw blade
- 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?