Power Saw Safety Tips

In our opinion, Connecticut is one of the most beautiful places in the United States to live in. The diverse landscape is full of peaks and valleys, waterways and lakes, and a marvelous display of temperate broadleaf and mixed forests. To keep not only our landscape but our neighborhoods beautiful, it is often necessary to enlist the use of large power tools and saws. Using power saws for the clearing of land, trimming of trees, or large projects around you home can be a very dangerous undertaking. To avoid personal injury when working with these high power saws, it is important to adhere to some basic, but very important, power saw safety rules.

A very simple but extremely important safety aspect is the clothing that one wears while working with a power saw. A power saw operator needs to be comfortable but covered. Clothing should not be hanging loose, while at the same time it should not be constricting to the movement of the operator. Long pants and sturdy work quality boots will protect the legs and feet from flying or falling debris. A good quality pair of safety glasses are a must. Gloves may be necessary depending on the job.

There are different types of saws for different types of cutting jobs such as circular saws, chain saws, table saws, and hand-held power saws. When it comes to power saw safety, it is best to use the correct tool for the job to avoid the occurrence of personal injury.

Utilize clamps to hold materials in place while cutting. Never use a body part (knee, foot, or hand) as the cutting surface. Clamping materials in place will allow the operator of the saw to have both hands free for maximum control of the power saw.

One of the most common causes of personal injury from a power saw that one can encounter is due to the kickback of a saw. The dangerous situation often results in operator death as it did at the Sikorsky Airport Accident reported by NBC News. It is essential that the operator focus and tune in to the sounds of the saw and the feel of the cut. Sounds of screeching or blade slowing are sure indicators of a binding blade and a potential kickback situation.

Staying safe while using power saws in Connecticut requires the operator to dress appropriately, use the correct saw for the job, secure the cut, and to be aware of their surroundings and kickback. We here at Carter Mario recognize that accidents can happen, but we hope that these tips will help prevent those in the future.