Saw Safety (except sawmills)

Courtesy of Thinkstock Photos ##503535023 Blade guards like the one in this photo are a vital prevention method that keeps workers from coming into contact with the blade.

Blade guards like the one in this photo are a vital prevention method that keeps workers from coming into contact with the blade.

Courtesy of Thinkstock Photos.

Ever wonder what would happen if you used a saw that was missing a guard or had damage to its electrical cord?

Saws are a handy tool used to cut or shape material such as wood, meat and poultry, stone and bricks, or steel and can also expose workers who use them to hazards such as the following:

  • Amputations.
  • Electricity.
  • Flying debris.
  • Kick backs.
  • Sharp reciprocating or spinning blades.
  • Slips, trips, and falls.

This could result in serious injuries or even death.

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing or unforeseen safety and health hazards and provide resources to help with training, prevention methods, and the development and implementation of a required written safety and health accident prevention program (APP).

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