When working with power tools for metal, wood, or any material, it is very important you know how to use that item to avoid an accident at work. One power tool you may use is a mitre saw.
What is a mitre saw?
A mitre saw is used to cut accurate cross sections or mitres into the item you are working on. The majority of mitre saws these days are powered, but there are still some which are manual, mainly used in photo frame making.
What type of accident at work can happen with a mitre saw?
The most obvious accident at work claim, and often the most dangerous, is the damage caused, by the blade, to the human body. Any power tool can cause significant damage if it comes into contact with a human, but if a saw with sharp teeth starts coming into contact with you, then it could equal a very serious accident at work as it could easily cut through skin and tissue. Another one is electrocution. This can happen either if you accidentally cut into the wire and it doesn’t have a safety shut off, or if the product malfunctions.
How can I prevent getting a serious accident at work?
The most important thing to remember is to always keep your hands behind the blade at all times. Never hold your hands or limbs in front of a moving blade as you are asking for trouble. If you have to change the position of the wood always turn it off first or you could be causing a bad health and safety claim. As well as this, whilst you are operating the saw, make sure you are wearing the right clothing, including an overall that does not have loose, baggy sleeves, goggles and if needs be, a mask. This will also greatly decrease your risk of having an accident at work.
However, if you do have an accident at work that isn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out how via their 24 hours helpline on 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, take their simple 30-second compensation calculator test to find out just how much your potential claim could be worth.Open Claim Calculator