How to Safely Perform Concrete Cutting

Concrete cutting and boring are processes usually involved in almost all construction projects. While one may see concrete cutting as simple and basic, several things must actually need consideration in the actual setting for a successful and safe construction project.

Eye and Lung Damage

First thing to learn about is that your eyes and lungs are at risk for damage due to concrete dust that may be combining with the air we breathe. These dust particles can become abrasive and corrosive, they may even damage your other body parts.

It is therefore prudent to undergo dust control when cutting concrete is being done. Two of the most common methods for dust control are wet cutting and the use of pneumatic devices. Using wet cutting can achieve both cutting the concrete as well as collect the dust in the water. Pneumatic devices on the other hand can vacuum and remove dust from the breathable air. Both can be used at the same time.

The Use and Misuse of Water

When you are utilizing a cutting saw with diamond blades or other similar abrasive cutting devices, use water as a lubricating and cooling agent. However, if cooling water is spilled on the surface that is being cut, there needs to be some considerations. In order to control the spreading of the water, draining it should be done such as using a wet vac.

Electric Tool Precautions

If you are utilizing these electric-powered tools, the following must be provided: appropriate grounding and faulting protective measures, and insulation. Since water is a common sight when it comes to concrete cutting, if you stand in a water puddle during operation of these tools can be a risk for electrocution.

Factors in a Lock Down Operation

There are two factors that compete during lock downs. One is, if the floor is slick with water, the suction seal is better but lesser is the rotational resistance due to friction. Second is, more friction is provided with a rough floor, but a weaker vacuum seal.

Both floor conditions however do not provide a completely reliable vacuum seal, making the vacuum seal fail on the drilling process. The one who operates that machine must always keep in mind that the base of the machine can violently rotate without signals. The operator then needs to avoid positioning his body on the rotational path during the entire drilling operation.