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Safety Concerns for Cutting Concrete

Since they do a far cleaner job of cutting concrete than abrasive saws, diamond ones are most commonly used for cutting concrete. However, the cutting power of these types of blades makes them especially dangerous for operators, who could face severe injuries, dismemberment or even death if operating it incorrectly. And while the principles of working safely with saws may come easy to some, one should take care not to rely on assumptions when it comes to personal safety when working with saws. So follow these simple tips to ensure that you do it safely the next time you are involved in a project that concerns cutting through concrete.

Working with the Blade
It goes without saying that the diamond tipped blade is the most dangerous part of a concrete cutting saw. It only takes a moment of misuse or a lapse in concentration for something to go wrong. Remember too that the blade needs to be fitted firmly and be properly aligned to limit the chances of a mishap occurring. Wet blades should always be used with cooling water to eliminate the chances of fires breaking out; and under no circumstances should you use it for applications that the device was not designed for.

Handling the Recoil of the Saw
When operating any power tools or electric saws, remember that the device may give a little kick-back when being used. This recoil, by which the saw moves unexpectedly towards the operator, can result in serious injuries. So be sure to hold the saw firmly during operations, and to use it with exceptional care.

Locked in Blades
When blades aren’t adequately supported or clamped in place, work pieces may get caught in it which could cause the blade to jam during its operations; this may also happen from trying to cut too deeply by applying too much pressure. To avoid this, it is a good idea to make shallow cutting guides to assist the saw when cutting.

Personal Protection
It is essential to obtain all of the appropriate protective gear when working with concrete saws, and there is quite a lot to consider here. Firstly, you will want breathing protection to keep rogue dust from being inhaled after cutting has been done. Protective gloves, clothing and eyewear are also necessary to keep operators safe from harm.

Contact Borecut cc for Details
If you would like to know more about concrete cutting, or would like to enlist in a trusted service that provides it, contact a representative from BoreCut Concrete Core Drilling & Sawing CC today, or visit our website for details.

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  • "If you want an easy or difficult cutting or coring job done Safely, Proficiently, and at a fair price call in Borecut. Most of our construction involves sudden unexpected additions and Borecut have often done their bit to save the day mostly under plant operating conditions which in itself is a challenge."

    Martin du Rand - Director Stefanutti Stocks

  • "Borecut has been our concrete cutting company of choice for over 20 years because of their ability to complete any size shutdown with enthusiasm, speed and professionalism"

    Christo Hattingh - Mittal Steel

  • "Many times our clients, require new or additional openings to be cut out in reinforced concrete. With many years of experience working together, Borecut understands that prompt, professional service is important to our clients and us"

    S. De Boer - Concor

  • "When it comes to concrete Cutting and Drilling Borecut remains the best in the industry. They are reliable, accurate, and always have the best and most economical solution to any challenge"

    Wayne van der Westhuizen
    Site Agent
    Group Five Civil Engineering (Pty) Ltd