Table Saw

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Warning icon Warning! This page is out of date. This is the old table saw, the newer one is far more vicious, and eats 3 phases


Table Saw
Table Saw.jpg
Equipment Information
Status Unknown
Manufacturer Scheppach
Model HS120o
Hackspace Information
Induction Required No
Card RFID Enabled No
Owner Unknown


A big noisy table saw which will make short work of large lumps of wood.

  • 2.2kw
  • 2800rpm
  • 0-45 degree tilt
  • 82mm max cut depth (49mm at 45 degrees)

Risk assessment for use of Table Saw.

Hazards.

  • 1) Loss of fingers.
  • 2) Loss of limb.
  • 3) Exposure to high acoustic levels.
  • 4) Inhalation of wood dust.
  • 5) Hair or clothing entangled in blade.
  • 6) Blade kick back causing projectile injury.
  • 7) Damage to eyes from particles.
  • 8) Injury from falling onto blade


Persons at risk.

  • Operator.
  • Persons nearby.


Initial assessment of risk.

Hazard identified Severity Probability Risk Factor
Loss of fingers. 3 3 9
Loss of limb 4 2 8
Exposure to high acoustic levels 2 4 8
Inhalation of wood dust 2 3 6
Hair or clothing entangled in blade 3 3 9
Blade kick back causing projectile injury 3 3 3
Damage to eyes from particles 1 3 3
Injury from falling onto blade 4 3 12



Control measures.

  • Users will be required to attend induction training to learn how to use the machine safely.
  • Safety glasses will be worn.
  • Blade guard will be used.
  • Keep hands away from the saw blade.
  • Wear ear defenders.
  • Tie back long hair back and secure loose clothing. Ties or scarves must not be worn.
  • Wear a dust mask.

Final assessment of risk

Hazard identified Severity Probability Risk Factor
Loss of fingers. 3 1 9
Loss of limb 4 1 8
Exposure to high acoustic levels 2 2 8
Inhalation of wood dust 2 1 6
Hair or clothing entangled in blade 3 1 9
Blade kick back causing projectile injury 3 1 3
Damage to eyes from particles 3 1 3
Injury from falling onto blade 4 1 4


Points system

Hazard severity Points Rating Definition
Nil 1 Very minor injury, bruise, graze, no risk of disease.
Slight 2 Minor injury, which would allow the individual to continue work after first aid treatment on site or at a local surgery. The duration of the stoppage or treatment is such that the normal flow of work is not seriously interrupted.
Moderate 3 Temporary disability causing injury or disease capable of keeping an individual off work for three days or more and reportable under RIDDOR
High 4 Causing death, serious injury or permanent disability to an individual.
Very high 5 Causing multiple deaths and widespread destruction eg. fire, building collapse.


Hazard likelihood Points Rating Definition
Remote possibility 1 There is really no risk present. Only under freak conditions could there be any possibility of an accident or illness. All reasonable precautions have been taken - This should be the normal state of the workplace.
Unlikely 2 This incident or illness might occur but the probability is low and the risk minimal.
Possible 3 The accident may occur if additional factors precipitate it, but it is unlikely to happen without them.
Highly likely 4 Will happen more often than not. Additional factors could precipitate an incident but it is still likely to happen without this additional factor.
Inevitable 5 If the work continues as it is, there is almost 100% certainty that an accident will happen, for example:

A broken stair or broken rung on a ladder Bare, exposed electrical conductors Unstable stacks of heavy boxes


Risk Rating Score Definition Action
1 to 4 Low No action required
5 to 9 Moderate Reduce risks if reasonably practicable
10 to 15 High Risk Priority action to be undertaken
16 to 25 Unacceptable Action must be taken IMMEDIATELY