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Table saws are an effective way to cut boards and wood quickly and efficiently. The negative side of them is that at least 52,000 saw-related injuries are treated in US emergency rooms every year. Table saws are used at home, at construction sites, at lumber yards, at stores like Home Depot and Lowes, by contractors, by carpenters and in many other industries. They are almost a necessity for any woodworker’s workshop.
A table saw comes in many varieties but most have a few things in common. They have a circular blade mounted on an arbor and driven by an electric motor of some kind. The blade can then protrude up through a slot in a table to cut wood. There are many types of table saws including benchtop table saws with universal motors, table saws with v-belts and pulleys, table saws with brushless AC motor, contractor table saws with induction motors, cabinet table saws, table saws with anti-kickback devices, hybrid table saws with cabinet-mounted trunnions, hybrid table saws with table-mounted trunnions, table saws with serpentine belts, table saws with multiple v-belts, and more. Some of the accessories that can be added to table saws include a rip fence, outfeed tables, infeed tables, feather board, hold down, sub fence, mitier gauge, tenon jig, stacked dado, crosscut sled, inserts, riving knife, and a splitter. It is always a good idea to get the right table saw and accessories for the job being done.
It is important for all employers, general contractors, sub contractors and supervisors to fully train all employers and workers who will be using the table saw on the proper way to use them. Some of the main causes for injuries from table saws are from: the saw catching a user’s fingers or hands while ripping, reaching over or pushing the wood, keeping the saw blade spinning or on when it is not in use, an employer removes the blade guard or other safety devices, wood being cut being kicked back, failure to be given eye gear to wear, wearing loose clothes or keeping hair long, not using a push stick, loose blades, misadjusted blades, and not disconnecting the power when doing maintenance on a table saw. One common technique on how to avoid injury is to set the blade at about the same height as the wood being cut. All employers should go over the owner’s manual and safety precautions with all of their employees.
Table saw injuries can be very traumatic and bloody. Some of the possible injuries from table saw accidents include finger amputation, lacerations, hand amputation, eye injuries, ear injuries, cuts from flying wood or splinters, electrocution and more. We hope that the injury that you sustained is being treated and we hope that you let us help you.
We at the Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have represented and helped people who have been hurt from table saw accidents for over thirty years so we have the know-how and experience to help you win in court. This is true for either workers’ compensation, third party injury cases, product defect cases or personal injury cases. Call us today at (888) 516-8530 to schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation. We will go for the maximum possible compensation for your on-the-job injury or personal injury and you will not have to pay us until and unless we win your case. We will be with you all the way.