Water saws are powerful tools that are commonly used in construction and other industries; this article will help individuals understand what injuries may be caused in water saw accidents and prevention methods. They’re versatile and can be used for a variety of tasks, but when not handled properly, they can cause serious accidents. According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) (Cal. Code Regs. tit. 8, § 15300 et seq.), employers have a legal obligation to ensure that their workers are protected from harm while on the job.
Importance of Proper Training and Safety Procedures
One of the biggest causes of water saw accidents is a lack of training and safety procedures. Cal/OSHA requires employers to provide workers with proper training on the use of power tools, including water saws. This includes training on how to safely handle the tool, how to properly maintain it, and what to do in the event of an emergency. Employers are also responsible for making sure that workers have access to the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce the risk of injury while using the tool.
Risks of Operating a Water Saw & Potential Injuries
Water saws can be dangerous when not handled properly. They are designed to cut through a variety of materials, including concrete, brick, and metal. The blades are extremely sharp, and if the saw is not handled properly, it can cause serious cuts and other injuries. In addition, the saw produces a large amount of dust, which can be hazardous to workers if not properly managed. Some examples of injuries that can be cause include:
- Cuts and lacerations: The sharp blades of a water saw can cause cuts and lacerations that can range from minor to severe. Workers who are not wearing the proper PPE are particularly at risk of being injured by the blades.
- Amputations: In some cases, the blades of a water saw can cause amputations, especially if the worker’s hand or other body part is not properly protected.
- Fractures: Workers who are not trained on how to handle the saw properly can suffer from fractures if they drop the tool or if it malfunctions.
- Burns: Workers who come into contact with hot parts of the saw can suffer from burns.
Preventing Water Saw Accidents on the Job
To prevent water saw accidents, it’s important to follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines. Workers should also be sure to use the proper PPE, including eye protection, gloves, and a dust mask. It’s also important to properly maintain the saw, including regularly inspecting it for any signs of wear or damage.
Additionally, employers should establish clear safety procedures for the use of water saws on the job. Workers should be trained on these procedures, and any deviations from them should be strictly prohibited. Finally, in the event of an accident, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately and to report the incident to Cal/OSHA.
The Consequences of Neglecting Safety Procedures
Neglecting safety procedures while using a water saw can have serious consequences. In addition to causing harm to workers, employers may also be held liable for any accidents that occur on the job. According to Cal/OSHA, employers can be fined for violating safety regulations and may also be subject to lawsuits from injured workers.
Have you been injured?
Employers have a legal obligation to provide workers with proper training and safety procedures, as well as access to the necessary PPE. By following all of the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines, as well as establishing clear safety procedures, employers can help to reduce the risk of water saw accidents on the job. However, they are not always successful. If you have been injured in a water saw accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Anderson Franco for free no obligation consultation to understand your rights. We hope that in this article you learned more about water saw accidents and prevention.