4 Safety Tips for a Miter Saw

4 Safety Tips for a Miter Saw

There are plenty of accidents that happen to those who work with miter saws each and every year. Generally, these accidents occur because of the carelessness of the person who is operating the saw. A simple lapse in safety procedures by those who are using the saw can lead to serious injuries. If you own or use a miter saw, you need to make sure that you avoid these injuries by following your own set of safety procedures.

There are various steps, safety tips, and tricks that are used by saw users to keep themselves safe. It is important for each and every user to utilize these safety tips, as they need to keep themselves out of harms way. These four safety tips will help you to stay safe as you work with your miter saw.

  1. Wear Protective Gear

safety tips, health and safety cartoon of a worker dressed in a suit of armour, he's overdoing the PPE, there's a mitre saw on a bench colleague talking to him

One of the main ways to keep your body safe is to wear protective gear as you use your miter saw. You need to make sure that you have your goggles on each and every time that you make a cut. The protective eyewear will help to protect your eyes from flying debris that can projectile off of the saw as you cut into your wood. Protective clothing pieces, including gloves and long sleeve shirts, will help to keep your body safe from these projectiles.

2. Use your Blade Guard

Your blade guard is an important safety piece for your miter saw. The blade guard will help you to keep your hand away from the blade, helping you to avoid any potential injuries. You should never remove the blade guard from your miter saw.

3. Slow it Down

You need to make sure that you are taking your time as you make each and every cut with your miter saw. If you go at a slow pace, you will be able to stop yourself from potential injury; the slower you are going, the more likely you are to catch hand misplacement before your hand reaches the saw.

4. Use Guides/Never Freehand

If you want to make sure that you stay safe while using your miter saw, use the guides that are provided with the saw. A majority of the accidents that occur with miter saw happen as people attempt to free-hand their cuts. You should never freehand the cuts that you make with a miter saw, as this leaves your hands vulnerable to the blade.

The steps required to keep yourself safe while using a miter saw are simple and easy to follow. Unfortunately, multiple people sustain injuries while using this saw because of their negligence toward these simple safety procedures. If you own or operate a miter saw, you need to make sure that you follow these own safety procedures. The procedures will help to keep you injury free as you efficiently complete the cuts needed to complete your job.

Building/construction site hazard spotting cartoon…

Building Site Hazards…

Building/construction site health and safety hazards cartoon. Hazards on a building site/construction site environment. Spot the health and safety hazards cartoon. Numerous health and safety hazards illustrated in this building/construction site hazards cartoon. Health and safety cartoon for training purposes – ask your staff how many hazards they can spot?

Health and safety cartoon – spot the hazards on a construction site. building site hazard spotting cartoon. Hazard hunter cartoon,
Can you spot the building site hazards? Educate your construction site staff with this cartoon – health and safety cartoons can save accidents.

building site hazards, construction site, building site health and safety hazards, health and safety hazards include: worker not wearing ear defenders, drunk worker on site messing about, kicking tool bag which could drop on someone, worker in collapsing trench, children breaking through perimeter fence, dumper truck driver not paying attention and hitting portaloo, manhole cover has not been replaced someone about to fall in it, safety barriers not being used, worker inside digger bucket,

Some of the health and safety hazards include: worker not wearing ear defenders, drunk worker on site messing about, kicking tool bag which could drop on someone, worker in collapsing trench, children breaking through perimeter fence, dumper truck driver not paying attention and hitting portaloo, manhole cover has not been replaced someone about to fall in it, safety barriers not being used, worker inside digger bucket,
another digger accidentally digging up power cables, worker of scaffold not using safety harness, guy on scaffold using mobile/cellphone, worker over reaching on ladder, ladder defective rungs bent or missing, guy on scaffold reaching down for scaffold plank, another worker passing a scaffold plank up – he’s stood on a stepladder which is on top of some pallets, scaffolding erected over holes and soft muddy ground, worker stood on concrete blocks instead of using proper equipment, worker with nail gun who’s other hand could be injured by nail, over flowing waste bins with food waste, worker grinding metal without face shield/visor sparks landing on gas bottles, danger hard hat area sign – not many wearing hard hats, worker twisting incorrectly while moving heavy blocks, fork lift truck driver without sea belt – load stacked unsafely, worker pouring hazardous chemicals down drain, guy walking on pipes slipping, two workers horsing around, worker cutting a concrete block not using his PPE, guy on site walking talking on phone, worker carrying plastic pipe hitting another worker over head welder cutting girder which is rested on highly flammable liquid drums, worker carrying too much can’t see where he’s walking, guy over reaching from elevated work platform, driver not concentrating, guy jumping out of window as a short cut, worker sunburnt not wearing the correct clothing, worker with jack-hammer near underground gas and water pipes, guy tripping on power tool cable, spilt chemical container, oil drum leaking into drain, worker using guys back to cut wooden plant with saw, guy incorrect lifting hurting back, worker in sandals incorrect work wear, power extension cable/cord faulty, guy using mitre/miter saw without guard or PPE.

Building site hazards – hunt the hazards cartoon…

A2 in size 59.4cm x 42cm deep. Ideal for training staff/workers/colleagues to be more safety conscious on a building/construction site. You can purchase this cartoon at my sister website: http://www.cartoonmotivators.com/building-construction-site-hazards.html

*I am happy to work with you and make amendments to this cartoon to better suit your needs please contact Richard on 07951 929 836 or email to discuss your exact requirements. I’ll give you a quote for the required work once I know what is needed. Also available to create bespoke hazard spotting cartoons for any industry!

Kitchen restaurant hazards: spillages and leaks

Kitchen restaurant hazards: spillages and leaks

For a health and safety officer combating potential workplace injuries, you’d be hard pressed to find somewhere as hazardous as a restaurant kitchen. The environment is incredibly fast-paced, and there’s so many things that happen each day that can put your employees at risk.

spill on restaurant kitchen floor and worker stood in puddle while using electrical equipment, possibility of electric shock

As you know, part of a health and safety officer’s job is staying on top of these risks. Sometimes, though, this is easier said than done. There’s so many common risks. From blocked fire escapes to damaged electrical wiring and everything in between. You constantly have to stay on guard to make sure everyone is safe.

Liquid spillages and leaks

There is some good news, however, as one of the most common dangers can also be the easiest to solve. It’s likely that staff be working with various oils, fats and liquids on a day to day basis. If employees don’t take care with these they can end up spilling or splattering onto the floor, leaving a dangerous area for their colleagues.

kitchen worker carrying a big container of food and about to slip on pool of liquid on floor, restaurant health and safety cartoon

Water can also easily escape the kitchen dishwasher as your staff change the racks, and sinks and basins can easily overflow leaving puddles on the floor. It’s natural for staff who work long hours to want to rush through the pile of dirty dishes as quickly as possible, but it can be hazardous for the rest of their team.

Similarly, if staff are in a hurry when transporting oil around the kitchen, the contents will likely land on the floor. In cleaning any spillages, mop buckets can easily be overfilled with water and cleaning liquid, or left scattered about in the kitchen haphazardly. It’s also really common for trips to occur with an abandoned mop bucket.

Reducing the risk to your employees

While spillages can be really common, there are a few tips and tricks you can implement right away that can help make your kitchen a safer working environment:

  • Require employees to wear non-slip footwear
  • Install flooring materials that have good grip
  • Implement a safe transport method for oils and other liquids that move frequently around the area
  • Use equipment that prevents liquids from escaping, like special mop bucket lids
  • Use brightly coloured materials to draw employees’ attention to potential hazards
  • Create visual cues around the kitchen that highlights any danger

Your could also design a comprehensive training manual for staff, and advise them of what the health and safety best practices are. One way to help increase the ‘stickyness’ of your training is to include visual imagery. Although lengthy training sessions and coaching are important, you also want a method that will actually resonate with your employees long after they leave the workplace.

One visual medium you should consider is cartoons. These work tremendously well, especially if they convey the information in a humorous way. I have designed a cartoon that highlights the many common restaurant healthy and safety risks, which is also light hearted and fun. You can find out more details about this cartoon here. I also offer a bespoke service, so if you have something else in mind or would like custom work done please contact me here and we can discuss.

The above cartoons are extracts from my ‘restaurant-kitchen-health-and-safety-cartoon’ which you can purchase from this link: http://www.cartoonmotivators.com/Restaurant-Kitchen-health-and-safety-hazards.html

What incidents have taken place in your office?

What incidents have taken place in your office?

office health and safety hazard spotting cartoon, woman in extra high heels, falling down uncovered manhole, over reaching on ladder

In the course of a busy day, who hasn’t attempted to carry too many things at once in order to hurry through a task or overloaded a power-socket to make sure that all of the necessary electrical appliances were operating? Collectively, it’s a humorous take on the various health and safety issues that can cause serious problems in the workplace, but taking each issue individually on its own merits, it’s a handy reminder of how to not to behave in the workplace.

Workplaces cannot afford for employees to suffer an injury in the workplace. An injured person who isn’t in work means that the company is light an employee with their work being left untouched or leaving other people to shoulder the burden of their absence. This may impact on the level of service provided to the end consumer or it may result in a company having to hire temporary staff to cover their absence. The thing about staff members suffering an injury in work, these issues are only the beginning of a company’s troubles.

When you decide to use a safety cartoon calendar, you’re choosing what’s best for you and your employees.

If you’ve been running your own business for a while, you’re probably familiar with all the problems that can occur in the workplace. Accidents can happen and people can get injured. The injuries can be as insignificant as bumps and scratches but they can also be very severe. Depending on the work position, people can easily lose a limb or even lose their life in case of an accident. Just like every job position has its own dangers, so do the different times of the year. If you want to raise people’s awareness about the lurking dangers all around us, you can hire a cartoonist to make you a safety cartoon calendar.

Cartoons are the most efficient way of getting people’s attention. We all react positively to cartoons as we associate them with happy and careless childhood, fun and humor.  This has been recognized by many industries and lately, it’s being recognized in safety campaigns as well. If you want to raise awareness and to educate people about safety throughout the entire year, the easiest way to do it is with a safety cartoon calendar. You can have a different safety cartoon each month so that the people spend enough time to memorize one episode, but they also get a new lesson each month to keep things interesting and fresh.

health and safety cartoon of two workers, one is working at height on portable scaffolding while other looks off into the distance where there's a twister on it's way. Caption: Hey, Fred, did you consider the weather forecast?

When you decide to use a safety cartoon calendar, you’re choosing what’s best for you and your employees. Not only will your workers be safer, they will also be entertained and you can benefit from reduced compensation costs you’d pay for work-related injuries. Your employees are your most valuable asset as they’re the heart and soul of any company. Without the workers, a company would become a soulless and dull machinery that would eventually fall apart due to lack of ideas. As an employer, it’s your obligation to implement and use best safety practices and a safety management program.

Keeping up the awareness all year long with a safety cartoon calendar is especially effective not only because it draws attention, teaches a lesson in a fun way and keeps things fresh, but also because you can present many different hazards and make the content of cartoons more relevant for each moth. As an example, in December, you can try raising awareness about the dangers of leaving the heater turned on when leaving the office, etc. Using the services of a skilled cartoonist such as myself can maximize the effects of your campaign through fun, effective, and engaging drawings for your safety cartoon calendar.

Contact Richard on +44 1246 209034 or email if you want to have a cartoon calendar created to highlight hazards to your workers next year.