Scroll saws are relatively tiny machines with a fine cutting blade. They are primarily used for working with thin wood. They are useful for cutting detailed, intricate patterns and creating items such as miniature furniture and clocks.
There is a certain amount of risk involved with using a scroll saw. They can cause significantly painful and damaging injuries at work.
How can I avoid accidents at work with a scroll saw?
Fortunately, there are a number of safety tips and techniques available to help minimise the risk of suffering work injuries from a scroll saw.
Firstly, you need to take a look at what you are wearing. Baggy clothes and jewelry are a massive no-no when it comes to working with a scroll saw. This is because they can easily become caught in the mechanism and cause a nasty work accident.
Long hair should also be tied back.
The next step is to ensure you have the right protection for yourself. This includes goggles to prevent eye injuries at work, and masks to prevent the inhalation of dust particles.
You also need to give due care and attention to where you are going to use the saw. It should be set up on a stable, flat surface to prevent accidents and injuries occurring during the cutting process.
Many scroll saws are operated by a foot switch. This should be placed within easy reach and tucked out of harms way, for any time you are away from the machine. Turning the switch off whenever you are not using the saw is an important part of staying safe at work.
Scroll saws require regular inspection to ensure that they are in good condition and fit for purpose. In particular, it is important to check the status of the blade. Dull or bent blades must never be used as they can both ruin the design and cause injuries at work.
Loosening the blade after use will help it last longer and keep it in a good condition.
A major part in avoiding accidents with scroll saws is ensuring that the machine is turned off whenever it is not in use.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist anyone who is injured in an accident at work with a claim for work injury compensation.
They have over years of experience in injury claims and are usually able to settle outside court.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: January 22, 2014
Author: David Brown