In many situations, construction projects will require big tools to get the job done, especially whenever concrete is involved. There are plenty of projects that will require concrete cutting to be done, however, there are better and worse ways to go about the cutting process. Today, we will go over the ways you should not perform concrete cutting so that you can stay safe during construction projects.
Don’t Use Damaged Blades for Concrete Cutting
Before starting the concrete cutting process, check your blades to make sure they aren’t damaged in any way. There should be no cracks in the blades, and they should have no teeth that are missing. When you work with a saw blade that is damaged, it’s much more dangerous than working with one that’s in good condition.
Always use fresh saw blades whenever you’re cutting, and if you suspect a blade is damaged, perform a maintenance check to confirm whether or not that’s true. Lastly, always have your blade guard down before any cutting gets done.
Don’t Work in Places That Don’t Have Good Ventilation
A lot of concrete saws use diesel or gasoline as their fuel source, and this means proper ventilation will be needed whenever you use them. There can be plenty of fumes that come from the saws, not to mention the dust that gets kicked up during the cutting process. This combination of fumes and dust can be detrimental to people’s health, so working in a well-ventilated area is needed.
If you have to work inside of an enclosed space, open all of the windows that you can so you can maximize the airflow you get throughout the work area. It also helps to wear a mask so you can inhale as little residue as possible.
Don’t Do Concrete Cutting Unless You Have a Safe Lifting Method
Concrete cutters have a lot of weight to them, and you need good lifting methods and lowering methods in order to keep your back and legs healthy. When lifting these machines, do so with your legs, and lift with your back straight.
If you think it’s needed, use a brace and harness for extra help. This can be especially handy whenever cutting is done on a wall’s side.
Concrete Visions Will Get The Job Done Right
Concrete Visions has been working with clients for over 25 years. Our G&M Services installers are certified with the industry’s major firestop product manufacturers. As part of our firestop service, we can assess abnormal field conditions and, with the manufacturer’s technical support assistance, provide engineering judgments in a timely fashion to comply with contract specifications. Our Field Mechanics undergo ongoing training, including mandatory monthly safety meetings, weekly Toolbox Talks where safety and equipment information is shred, and trainings on safe work standards and safety best practices.