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Detachable Blade Guards Many units have detachable blade guards. These blade guards cause serious injury when they are removed. However, manufacturers have designed these blade guards in such a way that in order to properly use the product you need to actually detach the blade guard. Woodworking is a skilled profession. Many carpenters and woodworkers use saws, but the blade guard often blocks their ability to perform precise cuts. As a result many have to detach the blade guard. However, because of the way it is constructed the blade guard are difficult to re-attach often leaving the blade guard exposed. Manufacturers are aware of this problem however they have failed to take steps to correct it. Either by adding features to help with the detachment issue or by modifying the saw to be used without having to detach the blade guard. Spreader v. Riving Knife Manufacturers have known that riving knives are a more efficient and less dangerous alternative to spreaders. Spreaders are known to cause kickbacks which can further lead to amputations, head injuries or even death. When the particle board, ply wood or wooden material is kicked back it can hit the user with high levels of speed. The total injury caused by this type of injury is unknown.
CIRCULAR-SAW ACCIDENTSBecause of their tendency to produce injuries of greater than average severity, woodworking circular – saw accidents deserve special attention in allaccident-prevention programs.
- Deaths are not common in these accidents, but permanent disabilities occur much more frequently than in other kinds ofaccidents. Nearly half (48 %) of the disabling injuries in this survey resulted in some degree of permanent disability. In contrast, the proportionof permanent impairments among all disabling injuries experienced in manufacturing activities generally averages less than 6 percent.
- It is impossible on the basis of any data available to estimate eitherthe annual volume of circular-saw accidents or the total amount of manpowerlost because of those accidents. It is obvious, however, that the injury total is large and that the resulting economic losses are huge.
In nearly 80 percent of the circular- saw accidents analyzed, the injured person received his injury by coming into contact with the saw blade. Generally, he was feeding number into the saw at the time of injury, but contact with the blade also occurred frequently when:More Information: Band Saw Accidents Power Saw Accidents
* This report was prepared in the Branch of Industrial Hazards, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor, by Frank S. McElroy and George R.McCormack.
- removing scraps of lumberor sawdust from the saw table;
- adjusting or changing blades; or
- placing lumber on the saw table.