Safely Operate a Concrete Saw

Safely Operate a Concrete Saw

People using concrete and masonry cutting equipment face a wide range of hazards, such as silica dust, toxic exhaust fumes, saw kick-back, blade fracture, vibration, noise, slips, falls and manual handling.

Most at risk are operators of hand-held concrete and masonry saws. This equipment is more prone to the violent forces unleashed when a saw blade jams inside a cut than from fixed saws. These forces, commonly referred to as kick-back, push-back or pull-in, are difficult and sometimes impossible to control, and place the operator at risk of serious and potentially fatal injury from an out-of control circular saw.

Many minor roadwork and maintenance contract jobs require use of concrete saws for repairs and installation of services, drainage, crossings, kerbing, driveways, footpaths, manholes and concrete pipes, inspection chambers and kerb and channel construction.

This course aims to give workers knowledge of the safe use, kick back and injuries relating from the use of high powered saws.

Who should attend

All general workers - including roading, utilities and drainage contractors and supervisors, involved in construction works requiring the use of hand held concrete saws in their daily activities.

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