Depending on your profession, using a circular saw may be a way of life. For example, if you work in the construction industry, this is one of the most commonly used tools.

While there are many times it makes sense to use a circular saw, you don’t want to do so without first considering your safety. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind at all times:

  • Never put your fingers in close proximity to the cutting blade
  • Don’t wear loose clothing or jewelry that could get caught up in the blade
  • Remove all debris from the area you are cutting, such as scrap material
  • When possible, the object you’re cutting should be laid flat
  • Never attempt to hold a piece of wood with one hand and use a circular saw with the other
  • Learn about the features of the circular saw, such as how to change the depth cut
  • Use the right kind of blade for the job
  • Watch the electrical cord, as you don’t want this to get in your way when cutting
  • Wear safety gear, such as goggles

The more often you use a circular saw, the easier it is to believe that you know exactly what you’re doing. As a result, you could get lazy with some of the cuts that you make.

If you are ever injured by a circular saw (or any other type of tool), call for immediate medical help. Once you receive medical advice, you can then learn more about workers’ compensation and how to apply for benefits in the near future.

Source: Emory University, “Circular Saw Safety Rules,” accessed Feb. 07, 2018