Sign Builder Illustrated contributor Jim Hingst returns: “One of the most used and most versatile power tools is the table saw. It is also one of the most dangerous. Each year more than 40,000 table saw accidents occur. Many of these accidents result in the loss of a limb. To prevent becoming a statistic, follow these rules:
+ Owner’s Manual: Thoroughly read (and understand) the owner’s manual. Always work within the capabilities of the machine and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
+ Safety Equipment: While operating a table saw, always wear safety glasses, hearing protection, and a dust mask.
+ Work Clothes: Never wear long sleeve shirts, loose clothing or gloves. Tie back long hair and remove chains/necklaces. Always wear slip-resistant footwear.
To read more advice in this area, check out “Table Saw Safety” on the Hingst’s Sign Post blog.