Industrial cutting tools help you complete projects with efficiency and fulfill your work orders on time. But being too hasty could be a recipe for disaster. Industrial cutting tools are incredibly powerful and should be treated with the utmost respect. Here are five safety tips every person in your workshop or warehouse should keep in mind when using industrial and carbide cutting tools.
1. Cut in a Straight Line
When beginning a cut, envision the path you will take in advance. This path should always be a straight line from one side of the material to the other. Attempting to cut diagonally or in any other pattern besides a straight horizontal or vertical line is asking for trouble.
You want to keep your entire body and especially your hands out of the cutting path. You risk accidentally jerking the tool too far in one direction if you try to get fancy with the cut by twisting or wiggling the material. It is far better to handle one cut in one direction and then set up another from a different angle while the cutter is turned off.
2. Cut With Care
Even after you resolve to cut in a straight line, you still need to be delicate with how you proceed. If you cut too fast, you can cause needless wear and tear on your cutter, and it could also be dangerous. The material being cut is more likely to have a piece fly off if you are not delicate with the cut.
Take your time to ensure a more reliable cut and a higher-quality final product.
3. Cut With Protective Gear
Every employee in your shop must don the right safety gear before you attempt a cut. This includes common sense essentials like safety goggles, work boots, and work gloves. Long sleeves and pants protect your skin from any flying material.
Ensure that all employees wear their safety gear at all times inside the shop, even if the cutter is not currently turned on. A carbide blade is incredibly sharp and even bumping into it while the cutter is off could cause injury. The gear also offers protection if a piece of material goes airborne while someone else is using the cutter.
4. Cut With the Right Tool for the Job
Not all industrial cutters are created equal. Some cutters specialize in dealing with specific types of metal and some cutters are better at handling larger pieces of material. Make sure the hardness and type of material being cut matches up with the cutter you are using. If you are uncertain about which specific cutter you need, an expert can help.
5. Cut With a Sharp and Lubricated Cutter
Ensure your cutter is sharpened and lubricated before every new project. A dull blade causes you to use too much force when attempting a cut and this could lead to the cutter or the material moving in an unexpected way. Likewise, proper lubrication for your cutter ensures that all moving parts operate as they should.
Make it a responsibility of every employee to monitor the cutter's sharpness and lubrication at the beginning and conclusion of every job. If the cutter has been in use for quite some time, the employee should make sure it is properly prepared for the next job. The next employee to use it should follow the same checklist, however, and not assume that the previous employee took care of it.
Industrial-grade cutting tools help you get your work done efficiently but these tools need to be treated properly to ensure safe operation. Contact us at CCA, Inc., for more information on how our industrial cutting tools can help you and your company.