The power saw is a core component of the woodwork industry, enabling workers to cut wood to size with relative ease and speed. But the drawback is that these machines are responsible for giving this trade amongst the highest accident statistics in the entire manufacturing field.
The biggest issue for employees involved with electric saws is coming into contact with their fast-moving parts. In fact, one quarter of all the severe accidents occurring in the UK’s woodworking sector last year were due to collisions with power saws. Unguarded blades are one of the commonest causes of industrial disfigurement.
There are various ways that any employer can pre-empt the likelihood of an industrial saw accident. Equipment should be regularly maintained, and if there are potentially hazardous moving parts these should be clearly identified. Workshops where large volumes of wood are being processed will invariably throw up dust.
These should be cleared away constantly, as machines buried beneath grime are harder to safeguard. Only trained staff should be trusted to operate powerful tools. Risk assessment strategies should be reviewed to account for changes in working procedures.
What are the after-effects of an industrial saw accident?
Saws containing fast-moving blades are capable of delivering ferocious injuries. This is why they must be appropriately safeguarded, with braking mechanisms that will shut a machine down immediately. If a worker loses a limb to one of these tools, the effects can be catastrophic.
As well as their own disability, colleagues witnessing the tragedy can be left suffering from shock. Health and safety officials can launch heavy fines that can impact the company as a whole. Where negligence is an issue, the way is paved for the victim to consider compensation.
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Date Published: March 25, 2015
Author: David Brown