Safety Glasses: Preventing Eye Injuries From Carbide Tips
- Steven A. Sanders (Engineering Systems Inc.) | Clifford C. Bigelow (Engineering Systems Inc.) | Frederick E. Schmidt Jr. (Engineering Systems Inc.)
- Document ID
- American Society of Safety Engineers
- Professional Safety
- Publication Date
- April 2015
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 52 - 56
- 2015. American Society of Safety Engineers
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- Table saw users have sustained eye injuries due to fragments of carbide tips becoming ejected from the saw blades during operation. In some cases, the injured party claimed that the carbide tooth tip penetrated their safety glasses while others claimed that the glasses if worn would not have prevented their injury.
- For the incidents investigated, testing shows that carbide tooth tips ejected from table saw blades during operation could not penetrate commercially available safety glasses and that the use of safety glasses, or in most cases, proper use of the saw blade guard, could have prevented the eye injuries sustained.
- In some cases, proper eyewear was neither selected nor used in accordance with ANSI standards. This article describes a method for selecting suitable protective eyewear.
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