Defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as ‘a power saw with a rapidly rotating toothed disc’, it will come as little surprise that the circular saw is a culprit for one or two accidents at work, to say the least.
Primarily used in woodwork, but also used for cutting other materials such as plastics, the circular saw is a major piece of equipment in many factories and within the construction trade.
Safety tips for operating a circular saw
- Keep hair tied back
- Always wear an apron
- Remove jewellery and refrain from wearing long sleeves
- Keep hands away from the saw
- Only use the power switch when a cut is ready to be made
- If your circular saw has one, be aware of where your electrical cord is at all times
- Cut appropriately – do not allow wood to sag and split
- Follow specific manufacturer instructions, rather than ‘tricks of the trade’
- Do not use a circular saw without adequate training
If you have been injured at work while using a circular saw, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm you have suffered.
Depending on the nature of your injury and how it occurred, there is a chance that the liability for your accident at work lies within the hands of your employer.
This is because, while you undertake work tasks, your employer has a legal obligation to ensure your health and safety. This includes providing adequate training and ensuring that equipment is maintained and fit for use, thus minimising the risk of work-related injury to the employee.
Should your work accident have occurred due to your employer failing to meet their legal requirements, then a legal firm such as Accident Advice Helpline could help you receive the pay-out you are entitled to.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with 15 years’ experience in dealing with work accident compensation claims.
With 200 solicitors on hand to provide a tailored service for claimants, Accident Advice Helpline works on a no win, no fee basis with the primary aim of ensuring victims of personal injury receive the compensation they deserve.
Look online today to see if your work accident case could be eligible – Accident Advice Helpline’s compensation calculator takes just 30 seconds to complete and provides the legal experts with all they need to know to establish if your claim is likely to be successful.
Date Published: February 3, 2014
Author: David Brown