Operating Stationary Masonry Saws Safely
When it comes to safety in the stone fabrication industry, it is important to stay focused on what areas of the process yield risk. OSHA provides a wealth of information about safety in a variety of work environments. There are several forms of injury. When working “full speed ahead”, it can be easy to overlook the dangers that may be right in front of you. Therefore, we will consider some those safety risks here and we will provide information on why awareness is important and what you can do to in the way of operating stationary masonry saws safely.
Potential Hazards of Stationary Stone Saws
When operating a stationary masonry saw, there are a number of dangers, against which you should guard yourself. Some major risks include the following:
- Electrocution In Wet Environments
- Abrasions Or Lacerations
- Respiratory Injury In Dry Environments
Wear Protective Gear
Protective gear is imperative when it comes to operating stone saws safely. Heavy duty gloves help to protect fabrication professionals against cuts and lacerations that can occur from sharp edges that are created by cutting certain materials; namely, ceramic or porcelain tiles. These materials can become extremely sharp by making cuts with a stone saw. Hence, gloves and other protective garments are very important.
Protective garments are not the only wear-able products to consider. In addition to clothing designed to protect stone fabricators, eye-wear is also a necessity. Protecting the eyes against flying debris is accomplished by wearing safety goggles, face shields, safety glasses, or other face and eye protection. However, there is more to protecting fabricators form injury than simply guarding the exterior. Protecting stone workers from internal injury is necessary as well.
Dust Management Equipment
Controlling stone dust in the work environment is accomplished in a number of ways. First, Using wet stone saws or wet tile saws to minimize dust is one way of increasing stone saw safety. Additionally, by making use of dust collection equipment, stone fabricators can reduce exposure to potentially harmful dust particles. There are a number of dust collection machines available on the market. Some of them include:
- Wet Dust Collectors
- Dry Dust Cabins
- Mobile Dust Extractors
Companies specializing in fabrication stone dust filtration systems exist to provide machines and processes that assist stone fabricators with operating fabrication plants safely.
In order to protect yourself from injury that can come from an equipment malfunction, you should regularly inspect your saw. Looking the components over and examining the various parts of the saw will alert you to potential hazards before they cause injury. Here are some tasks that will help you keep stationary masonry saws safe:
- Confirm pump operation on wet tile saws.
- Inspect diamond blade balance and segment wear regularly.
- If dry cutting, use a blade designed for dry cutting.
- In dry cutting environments, make use of dust collection equipment.
No matter what brand of saw you have decided upon, making sure that it is properly maintained is important. So be sure you know how to obtain replacement parts and/or services for the saw that you have chosen. By keeping your stationary saw