Compound Mitre Saw
SAFE WORK PROCEDURE
Compound Mitre Saw
(With or without the slider)
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LOCATION
Schools in PTSD
WRITTEN BY: APPROVED BY:
Lorie Carriere
Alan Zadorozny
Jason Coe
School Principal
DATE CREATED
LAST REVISION
August 27, 2010
New
PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT (PPE)
Safety glasses or face shield must be worn at all
times in work areas.
Long and loose hair must be tied back
Appropriate footwear must be worn. Shoe must
be fully enclosed. No open toed shoes.
Close fitting/protective clothing must be worn.
Remove strings hanging from pullovers/sweaters.
Rings and jewelry (long necklaces / bracelets,
etc.) must not be worn.
Hearing protection must be worn when using
this machine.
HAZARDS PRESENT
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ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Discharge of objects /material kickback
Exposed blade – pinch, cuts, amputations
Eye injury – sawdust, flying debris
Dust inhalation
Loud noise
 Equipment orientation
SAFE WORK PROCEDURE
DO NOT use this machine unless a teacher has instructed you
in its safe use and operation and has given permission.
PRE-OPERATIONAL SAFETY CHECKS:
1. Check workspaces and walkways to ensure no slip/trip hazards are present.
2. Locate and ensure you are familiar with the operation of the ON/OFF starter and E-Stop (if
fitted).
3. Use only materials free from defects.
4. Use only crosscut saw blades. Inspect the blade to ensure it runs true, is free of vibration, free
of cracks or other damage.
5. Machine must be isolated and locked out while blades are being installed.
6. Ensure all guards are in place and functioning.
7. Do not store tools and parts on top of the machine.
8. Faulty equipment must not be used. Immediately report suspect machinery to your teacher.
SAFE WORK PROCEDURE
Compound Mitre Saw
(With or without the slider)
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OPERATIONAL SAFETY CHECKS:
1. Never leave the machine running unattended. Do not leave the machine until the blade has
come to a complete stop.
2. Before making adjustments switch off and bring the machine to a complete standstill.
3. Stop the machine before removing scrap pieces from the table.
4. Always keep hands and fingers away from the blade.
5. Never start the saw with the blade against the work piece.
6. Hold material firmly against the fence and set the quick release clamp. This will prevent your
hands from being in the table hazard zone (within the red lines on the table) when cutting.
7. When using a compound sliding mitre saw, push the saw forward (away from you) and toward
the fence when cutting.
8. After completing a cut, release the power switch and wait for the coasting blade to come to a
complete stop before returning the saw to the raised position.
9. Ensure guard is in place and free from defects and accumulation of wood dust and debris.
10. Turn off the machine and allow the blade to come to a complete stop prior to cleaning the
blade; removing debris in the path of the blade; removing or securing a work piece; or changing
the angle of the blade.
OPERATING THE COMPOUND MITRE SAW:
1. Don all personal protective equipment: safety glasses / face shield, hearing protection, proper
footwear (closed toe / heal shoes). Remove all jewelry; loose clothing and tie back hair.
2. Ensure the 0n/Off switch is in the “off” position and plug the machine into properly grounded
power source.
3. Un-lock the cutting head. Pull the red plunger out at the back of the cutting arm and the cutting
head will release into the uppermost position.
4. Place material to be cut onto the table. Ask for assistance when carrying long heavy lumber
Firmly hold or clamp the work piece to the table. Never allow your hands to be in the table
hazard zone. Do not place fingers between the stock and the fence.
5. Cutting material:
a) Turn on power and let machine come to full speed. Never start the saw with the blade in
contact with the stock.
b) Hold the work piece against the fence with the left hand and set the quick release clamp.
Use the right hand to depress the switch trigger on the cutting head handle. To stop the
blade, release the switch trigger.
c) Bring blade down into stock smoothly to make cut. Release trigger and raise the blade. Wait
until the blade has stopped before removing the work piece.
d) Maintain a 10cm (4 inch) distance from the blade with fingers. Keep fingers off the cutting
line and out of the table hazard zone.
e) Do not cross over arms when making cuts.
SAFE WORK PROCEDURE
Compound Mitre Saw
(With or without the slider)
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f) Bowed material should be cut by instructor.
g) Use of a sliding miter saw:
- When cutting wide material that requires the use of slider, hold the work piece against the
fence with the left hand and set the quick release clamp.
- Using both hands on the cutting head d-handle; start the saw by depressing the trigger;
- Bring slider forward before smoothly pushing blade through material away from operator.
h) Let the blade come to a complete stop before removing the quick release clamp.
i) When tilting or mitering pay special attention to path of blade before making cut to allow
extra finger clearance from path of blade. Use hold down clamp if necessary.
j) DO NOT CUT ANY MATERIAL THAT IS LESS THAN 6 INCHES LONG.
6. When work has been completed, turn off the saw and stay till machine comes to a complete
stop.
7. Remove material from the table and clean the area. If there is a lot of saw dust, wear a dust
mask while cleaning the area.
REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS
Mb. Regulations 217/2006, Part 16, Sections 16.1 – 16.18
WS&H Act W210, Section 4, 5, 7, 7.1
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