Serious injuries can result from the use of portable and
stationary power saws. Accidents may occur if the operator is
inexperienced, improperly trained or if the blade is not properly guarded.
According to estimates made by the Consumer Product Safety
Commission, more than 310,000 injuries involving workshop power
tools required medical attention in the United States in 1995. About
one-third (87,000) of these injuries were associated with power
saws, both portable and stationary.
The easiest way to avoid injury is to use properly guarded saws
and appropriate safety equipment. Avoid loose-fitting clothes and
long hair that might become entangled in a
power tool and remove rings, watches, neck chains and other jewelry.
working on or around any piece of machinery or equipment, an effective
lockout/tagout program and
eye and face protection must be
provided for employee protection.