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Edgers are used to straighten and smooth rough lumber and/or bowed stock by making a cut along the sides of the boards. The result of this process is a straight edge along the stock.
Operator feeding edger #1

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Hazard/Solutions:

Contact with the moving blade or machinery may occur.

  • Where vertical arbor edger saws are located ahead of the main saw, guard the saws so that an employee cannot contact any part of the edger saw from his/her normal position. 1910.265(e)(5)(i)(a)
Operator feeds saw edger #2.
Operator feeds saw edger.

Vertical arbor edger located ahead of circular head rig.
The Vertical arbor edger is
ahead of circular head rig.

  • The top and the openings in end and side frames of edgers must be adequately guarded and gears and chains must be fully housed. Guards may be hinged or otherwise arranged to permit oiling and the removal of saws. 1910.265(e)(5)(ii)(a)

  • Pressure feed rolls on edgers must be guarded against accidental contact. 1910.265(e)(5)(ii)(c)

Logs may kick back and strike the operator.

  • Provide edgers with safety fingers or other approved methods of preventing kickbacks. A properly fenced off barricade, in line with the edger, may be used if safety fingers are not feasible to install. 1910.265(e)(5)(iii)(a)

  • Install a controlling device so that the operator can stop the feed mechanism without releasing the tension of the pressure rolls. 1910.265(e)(5)(iii)(b)

  • Operating speed of live rolls. Do not operate live rolls and tailing devices at a speed less than the speed of the edger feed rolls. 1910.265(e)(5)(iv)
View of anti-kickback fingers and pressure feed roll behind fingers
View of anti-kickback fingers and pressure
feed roll behind fingers


Outfeed from top arbor edger. Notice the lack of barriers to protect from wood that is ejected from saws.
Outfeed from top arbor edger. Notice the lack of barriers to protect from wood that is ejected from saws.

View of worn and unevenly spaced anti-kickback fingers
View of worn and unevenly spaced anti-kickback fingers

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