If you have a project that requires cutting concrete, whether you are just making smaller saw cuts or cutting through entire slabs of concrete, safety precautions need to be your priority. Not only are you dealing with a material that isn't the easiest thing to cut through, but you are also using saws and sharp blades that can easily harm you or others around you. Here are some safety tips to follow when cutting concrete.
Wear Proper Protection
Even if you are just completing a small concrete cutting project in your garage or backyard, this doesn't mean you shouldn't take protection seriously. If you have sensitive ears, make sure you are protecting your ears as the saw blades against concrete can get very loud. There is also quite a bit of dust that comes up from cutting into concrete, which can be inhaled or damage your eyes and mouth, so you need to protect your face with a mask and goggles. Make sure your nose, mouth and eyes are covered as much as possible while still being able to focus on the job at hand.
Be Careful When You're Interrupted
Interruptions happen, so it's not realistic to assume whenever you are cutting concrete, you will be left alone. However, in those instances where someone is asking you a question or you need to answer a phone call, make sure you follow proper safety precautions. This includes not allowing the individual to get close to you while the saw is still cutting and turning off the saw or cutting tool before leaving. Unplug it to be extra safe.
Keep the Concrete Stable While Cutting
Slipping of the material you are cutting is a common cause for the saw accidentally sliding and cutting you on your hand or arm. You need everything to be stable and steady while cutting, including the concrete itself. Since concrete slabs are heavy, they shouldn't slide around too much, but if you have them placed on a table or desk, it needs to be completely level so there is no chance it will start to slide down while cutting. If you feel any slipping, you will need to secure it to the table before making cuts.
With these safety tips, you will be able to cut concrete without injuring yourself or others around you. Because of the dust and overall danger of using a concrete saw, keep others out of the area while completing this type of project.