Table Saws

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.

Cutting Guidelines

  • 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

Presenter tips

  • 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?