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Chop Saw/Miter Saw
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Chop Saw Introduction The terms “Chop Saw” and “Miter Saw” are often used interchangeably in the industry, but represent two distinct tools. For the purpose of this presentation: Chop Saws are used to cut metal. Miter Saws are used to cut wood.
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Chop Saw Introduction Select the proper blades for the job. Cuts wood and plastic Cuts Metal
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Primary Safety Issues Lacerations or amputations of body parts Flying dust and particles thrown while cutting High Noise Level
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OSHA Recorded Fatalities 0 recorded fatalities from chop/miter saws. “Source: Extracted from OSHA Accident Investigation Data 1990-2007”
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OSHA Lost Time Injuries Employee was in process of using a Hitachi Chop Saw to cut filler pieces for the base board when some wood chips started to accumulate at the back of the saw. Before the saw blade came to a complete stop employee reached to the back of the saw with left hand to remove the chips. The blade came in contact with employees left hand.
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Unformatted text preview: Employee sustained amputated index finger, broken middle finger and lacerated thumb. Source: Extracted from OSHA Accident Investigation Data 1990-2007 Personal Protective Equipment What to Wear: Safety Glasses or Face Shield Ear Plugs Close-toed shoes Durable Clothes What Not to Wear: Gloves Loose dangling clothes or jewelry Good Safety Practices DO NOT: Use saw without the blade guard in place and functioning. Wear gloves, loose clothes or jewelry that can become caught in moving parts. Have hands crossed over each other while using saw. Begin cutting until blade is up to full speed. Good Safety Practices ALWAYS: Keep hands and fingers at least 6 inches from blade while cutting. Keep material evenly supported to avoid binding. Clean dust and chips from the back fence often, but only after the saw is unplugged. Make sure guard is in place and functional Think Safety Work Safely...
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