Woodshop Safety Bulletin 2020-08

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TABLE SAW SAFETY— LET’S KEEP EVERYONE SAFE FOLKS!

 

Table saws continue to be the one piece of machinery where we see more safety issues than other machinery. This bulletin highlights one issue we’ve seen several times recently.

 

ARBOR WASHERS

The arbor is the piece of threaded steel that the blade mounts over. The arbor has a nut and a washer. The nut holds everything tight, and the washer plays an important role in keeping the blade spinning properly without wobble, and it helps the nut tighten the blade on the arbor so it won’t slip.

IF YOU ACCIDENTLY DROP THE WASHER OR NUT INTO THE BOX BELOW THE BLADE WHEN CHANGING THE BLADE, GET HELP TO FIND WHAT YOU DROPPED SO IT CAN BE INSTALLED CORRECTLY.

 

WHAT’S THE CORRECT WAY TO CHANGE A BLADE?

1.      Before doing anything, CLOSE THE VACUUM VENT GATE. This prevents the nut or washer from being sucked into the vacuum system. If you are unsure about this, PLEASE ASK FOR HELP.

2.      Turn off the breaker box on the saw. This cuts all electricity to the saw.

3.      Proceed to change the blade as usual.

4.      Open the vacuum gate.

5.      Proceed with your set up.

 

WHAT IF I DROP THE NUT OR WASHER WHEN CHANGING THE BLADE?

If you accidently drop the nut or washer when changing the blade, all you have to do is ask for help in how to retrieve it. It’s that simple, and you won’t be in any trouble.  If you closed the vacuum gate before changing the blade, the dropped parts can be easily retrieved.

 

If you have any questions about changing blades, please ask a Yellow Badge Maintenance person, or

Safety Leaders Steve Eikenberry and John Herega.

WOODSHOP SAFETY BULLETIN

 

ROLLING ACRES WOOD STORAGE       

For your safety, please use only a step ladder of proper height to place, or remove, wood from the overhead storage racks at Rolling Acres shop. Stepladders are available in numerous places in the shop, and one is in the back assembly room for the specific use with the overhead storage racks. Please do not use a step stool or stand on an assembly table, both of which are not safe methods. 

 

TABLE SAW SAFETY

      When ripping wood, always support the wood between the saw blade and the rip fence, using either your hand if enough space safely allows, or a push stick. This prevents kickback of the piece between the saw blade and rip fence.

      If using the rip fence as a width gauge to make multiple repeating cuts of the same dimension, use a block of wood clamped to the rip fence behind the saw blade. This provides space for the cut off piece to safely fall away from the blade, and not get in a bind which would result in a kickback.

      When ripping wood, the side being ripped should always be the longer of the two sides. Ripping the narrow side promotes binding and kickback. Use the sled or miter gauge instead.

      Never “freehand” using the table saw. This is a dangerous practice that can result in serious injury.

      When cutting thin strips on the table saw, please use the rip fence extension designed for that purpose. You may also need to remove the guard depending how thin of a strip you are cutting.

      If you switch from the standard combination blade to a different blade, put the combination blade back on the saw when finished, and always clean the saw and floor area when finished.

If you do not understand all of the above, please ask an experienced woodworker to explain it to you. We are all happy to help novices understand our machines.

Everyone is responsible to keep our shop a safe! If you have any questions about the above reminders, please see a safety team member or a yellow badge maintenance member.