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Tips to keep your fingertips: Table saw safety for the workplace

If you work with a table saw on a regular basis, you're in danger of losing your fingertips in a saw accident. Just look at your co-workers who have been on the job for decades. There's a good chance that some of them are missing a finger, or part of a finger.

As frightening as the prospects of losing a finger are, you can rest assured that, by following the saw safety tips listed below, you can eliminate nearly every table saw danger.

5 table saw safety tips every worker should follow

Here are five table saw safety recommendations to which numerous workers fail to adhere:

  • Always use safety equipment: Wearing safety glasses, hearing protection, appropriate clothing, and removing jewelry are necessary safety precautions. If followed, workers will avoid numerous table saw injuries.
  • Clean up your work areas: Sawdust can pile up around a table saw, and it's important to clean this up immediately. Cleaning up pieces of scrap wood and other items will also help keep the working area safe from hazards.
  • Check the safety features: Read the safety manual that comes with your table saw. Make sure that you follow all the safety procedures listed in the manual.
  • Use an outfeed table: This means that if you're working with a large piece of wood that you have to cut, you will want to guide and support the pieces of cut wood with the outfeed table.
  • Disconnect the power when changing blades: It's easy for a saw to accidentally activate when it's plugged in. Whenever you're working on the saw, be sure to unplug it before putting your fingers at risk near the blade.

Injured workers can get workers' compensation benefits

Most injured construction workers who regularly use a table saw have workers' compensation coverage. This means that if -- despite your best efforts -- you suffer a table saw injury, you can often receive money to help pay for medical care via the pursuit of a workers' compensation action. Before moving forward with your workers' compensation action; however, it is wise to familiarize yourself with your legal rights and options under California law.

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