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.

This section discusses guidelines and safety measures for the following types of saws:

Important: Whenever 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.