Sawmills & Woodworking Operations

Circular trim saws that lack barrier guarding on dangerous moving parts create risk for serious injury when workers remove jams or during maintenance

Circular trim saws that lack barrier guarding on dangerous moving parts (see arrows) create risk for serious injury when workers remove jams or during maintenance.

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The "it won't happen to me" attitude does not always hold true to the hidden hazards lurking in a sawmill or woodworking environment.

Proper machine safeguarding and safe work practices are critical in preventing workers' exposure to hazards:

  • Electricity (plugs, cords, j-boxes, wiring).
  • Falling, rolling, and/or sliding logs.
  • High noise levels.
  • Moving mechanical parts (pinch points, rotating parts, shearing parts).

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  • Chemicals (corrosive, strong irritants).
  • Damaged equipment (band saw blades that can break and strike).
  • Fires and explosions(due to sawdust build up).
  • Flying debris (wood chips, oils, chemicals).
  • Heat illnesses.
  • Inhalation (toxic fumes and vapors).
  • Moving Equipment (Forklifts).
  • Slips, Trips, and falls.

These hazards can result in serious injuries or even death.

Information provided in this topic page can help employers and employees identify and evaluate existing and foreseeable safety and health hazards. It also provides 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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