Many accidents occur each year, such as finger amputations and lacerations, when staff work unsafely on band saws and similar equipment with moving blades. Take action today to prevent an incident like the one above happening in your workplace.
- Undertake a risk assessment to establish the risks involved in the use of band saws. Consider how someone could be hurt – by being cut, for example – and the best controls needed to remove or reduce the risk.
- Always use the necessary guards. Use the right combination of both adjustable and fixed guards on blades and pulleys, and interlocked doors where possible.
- Verify that the equipment is the most suitable item to cut the intended material. Make sure blade teeth are sharp, and that the blade type and width is suitable for the material.
- Use push sticks or an automated feed system to keep hands away from the blade. Use a fence when undertaking straight cutting of work pieces.
- Train workers on how to use the equipment, including setting it up, cleaning it and changing the blades. Teach them not to force materials through, as this could lead to workers losing their balance, or losing control of the work piece.
- Provide adequate supervision for all workers to ensure they are following safe working procedures.
- Ensure that the controls work properly. Make sure emergency stop buttons are large, and that they are located in suitable, accessible positions. Use hold-to-run buttons wherever possible.
- Position the band saw correctly, for example, in a place where the operator has their back to a wall. This should help prevent accidents as a result of the operator being pushed forwards or knocked into by a person or workplace vehicle.
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