Concrete sawing can be extremely dangerous. For that matter, any concrete working task carries risks with it. Safely operating concrete saws, no matter what they are tipped with, can make an enormous impact on the results that you and your team achieve while actively on the job site.
General Safety Tips
Sometimes you will need to rent additional equipment. These tools can be different than the ones you are used to, even with training and retraining offered by your organization. Be sure to read all manufacturer warnings, instructions, and directions carefully. Lift the saws with extreme caution as you load and unload them, whether they are temporary rentals or permanent replacements. Make sure all concrete saws are properly secured before transport on or offsite. All operators and bystanders must wear the proper types of Personal Protective Equipment or PPE. For example, head, eye, and ear protection are essential. Dust masks, respirators, boots, chaps, and gloves may also be necessary. Announce that loose clothing and jewelry should be avoided during concrete sawing operations – they could get caught on the sawblades by accident, and we want to avoid those. Connect electric concrete saws to grounded outlets and keep all onlookers away from the site while sawing is underway.
Tips for Using a Concrete Saw
Again, rent only the appropriate saw when it becomes a necessity. Before starting up the saws, ensure that they have enough fuel and oil; continue doing so periodically while the saws are in use. The saw’s tension must also be adjusted as needed. Follow all manufacturer directions when doing so so as to avoid damage to the saw mechanism itself. Always use the proper blade or chain for the type of concrete you will cut through; avoid using worn-out or damaged blades. Make sure all safety guards are in place before starting up the saw. Place on a level surface and hold firmly, both during startup and shutdown; this counts for operation as well. Applying too much pressure is another common mistake – instead, make the saw work for you. Water can help make concrete saws more efficient since it prevents excess slurry and keeps the saw from hydroplaning while it cuts.
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G&M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. We reward our employees for displaying positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meetings to ensure that all involved are aware of how to handle equipment and potential situations that could occur during a project.
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