Miter saw safety is important for anyone who uses one of the powerful tools to cut lumber. On the jobsite, it’s even more important – especially for new workers.
Miter saws – or chop saws, as the construction industry often calls them – are powerful tools that allow workers to make miter cuts, bevel cuts, compound cuts and, most commonly, basic crosscuts.
But, as you might imagine, these power tools can result in some major injuries. Unless users exercise proper care, they (or someone else on the jobsite) could end up with a serious injury, permanent disability or even a fatal event.
Risks Associated with Miter Saws
Workers can experience eye injuries, damage to their hearing and serious cuts on their hands due to improper technique.
Some of the most common injuries that workers can experience when working with a chop saw result when the blade gets pinched in the cut, binds and kicks back. This risk can become even greater when workers use a circular saw on a makeshift work surface or, worse, when cutting on the ground.
Why Miter Saw Safety Training Is Critical
Teaching your new crew members how to safely use these tools will not only help keep everyone safe on the jobsite but it will also speed up the process and reduce waste.
Reducing the risk of physical injury will demonstrate your commitment to your crew. It will also reduce your workers’ compensation claims and, hopefully, help you avoid any legal liability that could result from an on-the-job injury.
You’ll project a positive, professional image when your crew knows – and uses – best practices for jobsite safety.
Provide Safety Training & the Proper Equipment
The first part of your training should emphasize the protective gear your crew needs, like goggles, ear protection, mask, steel-toed work boots and hardhats. Make those rules clear and enforce them consistently.
Next, introduce your tools to the new crew members and instruct them in the proper way to operate the equipment. Get them started on the right foot by first demonstrating how to mount the miter saw firmly on the miter saw table or stand at waist height.
If you’re demonstrating this using a c-clamp and a piece of plywood or, much worse, if you’re simply plopping the saw on the ground, you’re begging for a safety nightmare. These slipshod methods increase the chance of injury substantially, both from binding and kickbacks as well as the stress and strain of bending, reaching and twisting all day.
Teach your new employees safety and demonstrate your commitment to their well-being by using the CutHub portable jobsite workstation. Designed to firmly and safely mount your miter saw, CutHub provides a strong, stable surface for making all your cuts. The sliding brake stop eliminates the need for a measuring tape, pencil or square, and ensures consistency and perfection in every cut. This revolutionary portable workstation is light enough for one person to transport and set up, but strong enough to handle any job.
With CutHub, you can do more in less time while reducing waste and improving the safety of your crew. And it’s so simple that even a new crew member can be producing like a journeyman in under an hour.
Learn more about CutHub today and you’ll be convinced that this is the best way to ensure miter saw safety, accuracy and efficiency on your jobsites.