Table saw accidents are more common than the average person would think. According to Table Saw Accident Stories and Statistics, 95% of the accidents are hand, arm, wrist and finger injuries and 5% are eye, face, trunk, and leg with persons between the ages of 15-64. Three important issues stand out when it come to the operation of table saws in the work place and in the home; safety, training and equipment conditions. Mr. John Schmidt was injured on June 7; he seriously injured his hand while pushing a large piece of wood through a table saw in the production shop at work. Who is at fault here, the company or Mr. John Schmidt? Problems to be examined are the functioning of the safety guards presently on the table saw being used in the…show more content… The co-worker claims that the foreman was informed by them about the safety guard. After examining, the safety report records state the opposite of what’s in the written maintenance reports. If there was an issue with equipment the foreman is supposed to report it to the shop manager. Being that the safety guard was poorly designed is my main reason to why the company is at fault. The company put their employees at risk when they had knowledge of a safety issue.
Training, secondly, is very important in the operation of table saws. While the safety guards are in place to protect the operator from hazards, it is still important that employers have trained their staff properly in operating equipment. Although the safety guard is intended to protect, it only protects in four directions: from above, from the rear and form the sides. This puts the operator hands inadvertently unprotected from the front of the saw. Training records need to be checked and if they are outdated enroll everyone, including the foreman and the shop managers up for training classes on equipment. Also the foreman and the shop managers need to go to manager training on how to handle workplace safety, employee situations and how to handle incidents reported to them. Also as part of the training, making sure that the employees or management understand the company handbook and other policies hoping it will help