The Miter Saw is a power tool used to make a quick, accurate crosscuts, miters or bevels. These saws cut at a set miter angle. Some also can cut at both miter and a beveled angle. To avoid accidents, the following operational safety rules must be observed by everyone working on the miter saw. Failure to follow the safety rules will result in a loss of shop privileges.
Power Miter Saw Safety Rules:
1. Never alter a guard or use the tool with a guard missing. Be sure all guards are in place and working properly before each use.
2. Never force a blade onto an arbor or alter the size of an arbor. If your blade does not have the proper size and shape arbor hole for the arbor, do not use it!
3. Make sure the arbor and blade are both clean. Buildup on the surface of the arbor and blade will increase excessive friction.
4. Use sharp blades. Damaged or dull blades could throw teeth, causing a serious injury.
5. When installing or changing a blade, make sure the blade has adequate set (blade set provides clearance between the sides of the blade and the work piece, thus minimizing the probability of binding). Match the direction of the arrow on the blade with the direction of the arrow on the tool casting to be sure of proper installation. The blade teeth at the bottom of the blade point down and toward the fence.
6. Be sure the arbor nut is tight to prevent slipping or loosening of the blade.
7. Set the saw securely on a flat, level surface.
Start with a Risk Assessment to ensure a safe work area:
1. A two foot perimeter around the miter saw should be kept clear of people, debris that impair traction or footing to avoid slips and falls.
2. Safety glasses with side shields or a face shield must be worn. Hearing protection should be worn.
3. Remove loose fitting clothing, jewelry, and tie back long hair.
4. Give the work your undivided attention.