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Your 1 st day . Professional Sawing & Drilling New Hire Orientation. Welcome. This video is not designed as your entire training procedure, but as an introduction to your 1 st day as an employee of a professional concrete cutting company. History of the Sawing & Drilling Industry.

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your 1 st day

Your 1st day

Professional Sawing & Drilling

New Hire Orientation



This video is not designed as your entire training procedure, but as an introduction to your 1st day as an employee of a professional concrete cutting company.

history of the sawing drilling industry
History of the Sawing & Drilling Industry
  • Diamonds are the hardest natural mineral. In this business will use synthetic diamonds to grind away at concrete and stone. The ideal shape for sawing & drilling applications is a shape called cubo-octahedron.
development of concrete related materials
Development of Concrete & Related Materials
  • Cement has been around for at least 12 million years. When the earth was undergoing intense geological changes, natural cement was created. It was this natural cement that humans first put into use.
  • 1824 Portland Cement was invented
  • 1889 First concrete reinforced bridge built.
  • 1957 GE was issued patent to manufacture man made diamonds
  • 1992 Chicago built tallest reinforced concrete building
job description
Job Description
  • Job Title: Operator: In this position will you be required to do several task that involve sawing, drilling & removing of concrete. As each assignment changes your required task may change as well. Keep in mind that we will train you as a well diversified worker. As you grow with this position, you will be a master at your trade in the sawing and drilling industry.
  • At times you will work in the shop area. This will include repairing equipment, maintaining trucks and stocking trucks for future jobs.
general contractor gc
General Contractor (GC)
  • The GC will over see the project and they in turn will hire trade subcontractors, material suppliers and will generalize the day to day management of a construction project.
sub contractor
Sub Contractor
  • Sub Contractors also called Trade subcontractors make a meaningful contribution as they bring in their practical field experience and specialize in their trade as in the sawing and drilling industry.
the do s don ts while working here
The Do’s & Don’ts while working here
  • Necessary Paperwork
  • Policies & Procedures
  • Benefits
  • Discipline
medical physical exams

Medical & Physical Exams

In addition to completing your papers of employment, you may be requested to go to a local occupational clinic today. The clinic will perform required medical exams including the DOT medical exam, an HPE(Human Performance Evaluation), as well as a respiratory and hearing exam.

The testing will vary by location.

Based on scheduling of the appointment this time will vary but will be completed before your first day in the field.

necessary paperwork

Necessary Paperwork

Your 1st day will begin with the completion of the necessary forms of employment. Although the forms may vary from one company to another, all forms must be completed within 3 days of employment.

employee handbook
Employee Handbook
  • In your new hire packet you will find the employee handbook. This book will give you an over view of the company, your benefits, policies and procedures as well as many other items that will pertain to your daily employment with this company.
new hire forms
New Hire Forms
  • Lets discuss a few of the new hire forms you will be completing today.
back ground release forms
Back Ground Release Forms
  • Release Authorization Form
  • Disclosure to Employment Applicant Regarding Procurement of A consumer report. (A copy should be given to you)
  • Summary of your rights. This information is for you to keep.
  • A copy of your drivers license will be needed.
w 4 employee s withholding allowance certificate
W-4 Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate
  • The W-4 is a Federal Form
  • Fill out the Personal Allowance Worksheet. This will help you determine how many allowances you can claim.
  • Fill out the Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. #5 should equal Line H from above.
  • Your signature and date is required.
  • Depending on the state you reside in you may need to fill out a state certificate also.
  • If your personal status changes, a new W-4 should be completed.
i 9 employment eligibility verification form
I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form
  • The I-9 is a Federal Form
  • It is to verify the identity and employment eligibility of anyone that is hired by this corporation. Instructions are in the new hire packet.
  • Complete Section 1 of the form.
  • Section 2 will be completed by management.
  • Two forms of identification is needed. A list of acceptable documents are listed on the back of the I-9 form.Present these to your supervisor.
  • Copies will be taken of your identification.
i 9 forms are mandatory
I-9 Forms Are Mandatory
  • If you are unable to present the required document(s) within 3 business days, you must present a receipt for the application of the document(s) within 3 business days and the actual document(s) within 90 days.
employee handbook1
Employee Handbook
  • Sign the Acknowledgement Page of your handbook, this will be towards the end of the book.
  • The handbook is an overview of company policy, benefits and procedures that pertain to your daily employment with the company.
  • The handbook is not all inclusive of company policies and procedures.
safety handbook
Safety Handbook
  • Sign the Acknowledgement Page of the book. It is located towards the back of the handbook.
  • This handbook is an overview of CSDA safety manual and are pertinent to you as an operator while working on various job sites.
  • Read it, know it, live it and use it.
job tickets
Job Tickets
  • A job ticket will give you the customer name and address, job location, contact person, and the work to be performed. On a daily basis you may receive more than one job ticket. Some jobs are continuously running and therefore a job ticket may not be produced.
  • Depending on the job, it may require a few hours to a few weeks of sawing or drilling.
uniforms appearance
Uniforms & Appearance
  • Many offices require you to wear a uniform to work. As a professional cutting company, we require you to report to your job site in a neat and orderly fashion. Many uniforms are not given to you until 30 days of employment. Until you are assigned an uniform, apparel to be worn should be a tee shirt, jeans and steel toed boots.
time sheets documentation of time worked
Time Sheets – Documentation of Time Worked
  • Many locations will require you to complete a time sheet. In some locations your time will be computed on your job tickets, other locations will require you to complete a separate time sheet. It is important that you keep track of your time and confirm it with your pay check.
vacations holidays
Vacations & Holidays
  • Although we are closed on many of the customary holidays, our customers may require us to work them.
  • Based on your location and if you are union or non-union, your pay scale will be adjusted accordingly
  • Vacation days will vary by length and location of employment.
pay scale
Pay Scale
  • The pay scale at every location will vary by seniority, position worked and whether or not you are union or non-union. All rates of pay should be kept to yourself.
employee reviews
Employee Reviews
  • Remember the feeling you got in the pit of your stomach when it came time for your teacher to hand out report cards? Whether or not you felt you deserved a good report, you still had that moment of doubt. With school now behind us, you would think report cards were part of our pasts. Unfortunately, this is not the case. As working adults we must deal with employee performance reviews, also referred to as employee appraisals or performance evaluations. Whatever you call them, employee reviews evaluate our performance on the job. They often determine raises, promotions, and sometimes whether we get to keep our jobs. That can explain, why even as adults, these “report cards” often make us feel uneasy.
prohibited articles policy
Prohibited Articles Policy
  • It is the policy of this company to maintain its property and working environment so that is is safety for both our employees and others doing business with us. This policy restricts certain items and substances from being brought on or being present while in the course of employment.
weapons policy
Weapons Policy
  • The company strictly prohibits weapons of any type on company premises. This includes but is not limited to; company offices, work locations, company provided or designated parking areas, desks, lockers, vehicles engaged in company operations, and any personal belongings. This includes visible and concealed weapons, even those for which the owner of the weapon has obtained the necessary permits.
  • This company is an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) employer. It is the intent of the company to provide equal employment opportunity to all employee's or applicants for employment, without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, disability, religion, disabled or Vietnam-era veteran status or national origin. Equal employment opportunity includes, but is not limited to hiring, training, promoting, transferring, demoting and terminating.
sexual harassment
Sexual Harassment
  • It is the intent of the company that all employees have a work environment free from all forms of discrimination, including harassment.
  • Harassment based on race, creed, color, sex, age, disability, religion, disabled or Vietnam-era veteran status or national origin is considered a violation of the company’s policy on Equal Employment Opportunity.
job complete
Job Complete
  • When a job is complete or your are finished for the day, it is recommended that you call back into the dispatcher and indicate job completed.
  • Some times a customer will have additional work or the dispatcher may need to route you to another job.
take pride in yourself and your company
Take pride in yourself and your company
  • Taking pride in yourself and your company goes along way. If you show up at a job site and your truck is clean, you are wearing your uniform, you have all the necessary equipment for the job and you are on time, the customer will know he is dealing with a professional concrete cutter.
safety audits
Safety Audits
  • From time to time someone will inspect your job site to make sure you are not in harms way.
  • Your site will be inspected to make sure you are wearing all required PPE’s and that all the proper equipment is in use.
drug free work place
Drug Free Work Place
  • In keeping with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, it is the firm policy of this company to prohibit the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispersion, possession, or use of any controlled substance in the workplace. Any violation of the is policy will not be tolerated and will result in sanctions against the offending employee up to and including termination of employment.
company vehicles
Company Vehicles
  • In some instanced you may be allowed to drive a company vehicle home at the end of the work day. You are not permitted to allow anyone else to drive or ride in the company vehicle unless your have written permission.
  • The company vehicle shall not be used for other business ventures outside of this corporation.
motor vehicle safety dot
Motor Vehicle Safety / DOT
  • It is the policy of this company that only properly licensed and trained employee’s will be permitted to drive a company vehicle. Any person driving a commercially licensed vehicle must have a current DOT medical exam.
  • Only employees with a valid drivers will be able to operate a company vehicle.
safety meetings
Safety Meetings
  • Each location will have a set date and time for a safety meeting. Some locations will be weekly while others maybe monthly. These meetings are mandatory unless you have been excused. If you are excused you must read the topic and take a short quiz over the material covered.
job safety analysis
Job Safety Analysis
  • Before you begin a job it is important to review the principals of a job safety analysis. Who is your job contact? What is the scope of your job today? Are there any hidden dangers? What can you do to make the job safer? A complete overview of the task assigned is important and can possibly even save your life.
accidents injuries illnesses
Accidents, Injuries & Illnesses
  • Accident Reporting
  • Injury Reporting
  • Workplace Illnesses
  • Emergency Action Plan
accident reporting
Accident Reporting
  • If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is mandatory that the police department be called out. Never leave the scene of an accident. If there are injuries involved, call 911. Then back to the dispatcher. Some offices will require you to report losses to the safety director first and the dispatcher second. Many locations will require a drug screen at the time of the accident.
emergency procedures

Emergency Procedures

The purpose of the plan is to eliminate or minimize hazards to employees in the event of a fire or other emergency

emergency action plan
Emergency Action Plan
  • An emergency action plan describes the actions employees should take to ensure their safety if a fire or other emergency situation occurs. Well developed emergency plans and proper employee training (such that employees understand their roles and responsibilities within the plan) will result in fewer and less severe employee injuries and less structural damage to the facility during emergencies. A poorly prepared plan, likely will lead to a disorganized evacuation or emergency response, resulting in confusion, injury, and property damage.
return to work program
Return to Work Program
  • It is an innovative process that ensures our
  • injured/ill employees are provided the best medical
  • services possible.
  • Retain our valued, experienced employees
  • Provide enhanced benefits to our injured/ill
  • employees
  • Safe, timely return of our injured/ill employees
  • back to the work force
  • Reduce the costs related to disability
  • Ergonomics is the understanding the proper body mechanics of operating equipment or the day to day repetitive motion that maybe involved while working here.
safe lifting practices
Safe Lifting Practices
  • Proper care of your back is very important as your back is the mainstream of your day to day functions.
  • Proper rest and a good diet are vital.
  • Breaking down a load or asking for assistance will reduce and even eliminate a back injury.
nurse case management
Nurse Case Management
  • Some office will employ a nurse case manager.
  • This person will be on call to answer any medical questions relating to any workers’ compensation claim that the company may encounter.
  • Often times the nurse will also answer calls before a claim may develop, these calls are called early intervention.
first aid cpr
First Aid / CPR
  • It is not required that you are trained in first aid or CPR, but if you have been trained and certified, please let us know.
first aid kits
First Aid Kits
  • Each truck is equipment with a First Aid Kit. If the supply in your kit runs low, ask the dispatcher for proper replacement of items.
accident prevention
Accident Prevention
  • Whether you are opening equipment or driving a company vehicle, slow down and tackle the assignment with a clear head.
  • All equipment should be maintained properly.
  • Allow the proper following distance between vehicles.
injury reporting
Injury Reporting
  • No matter what type of claim you have, all injuries are to be reported the day they occur. Proper medical attention will reduce the over all claim. Return to full work status is much greater as well.
slips trips falls
Slips, trips & falls
  • Occasionally you will encounter a fall hazard that might be caused by slipping on a wet surface, or trip over an object or even fall from another level.
  • A clean work area will prevent many of these hazards.
near miss reporting
Near Miss Reporting
  • All employees are instructed to report all claims and near misses to the Safety Director and/or the dispatcher as soon as they occur. If you are involved in an auto accident you must call 911. Do not leave the scene of the accident.
  • Liability incidents while on a job site must be noted on your job ticket and reviewed with the customer before you leave the job site.
blood borne pathogens
Blood borne Pathogens
  • Disease-causing germs(microorganisms) in human blood and other bodily fluids: including hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which are specifically identified in the Blood borne Pathogens Standard. However, microorganisms may cause a number of other diseases, including the hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, which is the most common chronic blood borne infection in the U.S. according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Your employer may offer you a vaccination for HEP A & B
respiratory protection
Respiratory Protection
  • The purpose of respirator protection is to control of those occupational diseases caused by breathing air contaminated with harmful dust, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, or vapors. The primary objective of this Safety Health Guideline (SHG) will be to prevent or minimize worker exposure to airborne contaminants. This will be accomplished as far as feasible by accepted engineering control measures. When effective engineering controls are not feasible, or while they are being instituted, appropriated respirators shall be used pursuant to the requirements of this SHG.
heat stress
Heat Stress
  • Four factors that cause heat stress are changes in temperatures, humidity, the radiant heat and the air velocity. Personal factors that effect heat stress are age, weight, fitness, medical condition and your body’s ability to adjust to changes in weather.
  • The body reacts to high external temperature by circulating blood to the skin, which increases skin temperate and allows the body to give off its excess heat through the skin. However, if the muscles are being used for physical labor, less blood is available to flow to the skin to release the heat.
hearing conservation
Hearing Conservation
  • As part of the everyday work environment, our employees may be exposed to high noise levels, which could lead to permanent hearing loss.
  • This company has developed a Hearing Conservation Program to protect our employees hearing, which includes noise exposure monitoring, audiometric hearing tests on employees, and hearing protection devices, training and record keeping.
  • Silica is the name which collectively describes various forms of silicon dioxide, including both the crystalline and non-crystalline (amorphous) forms of silica. While amorphous silica can be transformed into crystalline forms such as tridymite and criticality by heating to high temperatures it is generally only the crystalline forms of silica which are fibrogenic. Quartz is the most common form of crystalline silica found in workplaces. In the concrete sawing and drilling industry most cutting is done wet and thus the particles that you would be exposed to are below OSHA’s PEL.
  • The CSDA is the Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association. Your company is a member of the CSDA and a leader in the industry. The CSDA combines contractors and manufactures and finds a common ground on how to be a professional contractor.
  • Your day to day appearance is a reflection on you and your company.
  • Your truck should also be in neat and clean.
  • Excess trash should be discarded daily.
  • Also, your job site should be kept as neat as possible. Being organized will make your job easier to complete
  • OSHA stands for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA was set up in 1970 to hold employers responsible for a safe working environment.
  • All employees should be take an OSHA 10-Hour Construction course within 6 months of employment.
general safety
General Safety
  • With this being your 1st day with this company, we do not expect you to know every rule and regulation of our company. The construction industry is very risky and should not be taken lightly. Common sense will keep you safe. Always follow your job site safe practices as they may exceed ours.
aerial work platforms
Aerial Work Platforms
  • Before an aerial work platform can be used (Boom Lifts and Scissor-lifts), it is the responsibility of the individual to make sure that he has been trained on the model that he/she will be using. Therefore, whenever a user directs or authorizes an individual to operate an aerial work platform, the user must ensure that the individual has been trained in accordance with the manufacturer’s operating and maintenance manual, the user’s work instructions and the requirements of operators in the ANSI Standard before operation.
asbestos lead awareness
Asbestos / Lead Awareness
  • Asbestos is the name given to certain inorganic materials in their fibrous form. These fibers can be processed into various materials that are uniquely resistant to fire, heat, and corrosion. They are also extremely fine and easily inhaled. Exposure to them has been linked to lung cancers and to asbestosis, a severe lung impairment.
assured grounding
Assured Grounding
  • The assured grounding conductor program entails and employee to identify the hazard on the job site that are relative to electrical hazards and then take the corrective action.
  • Only plug into GFCI outlets, all hand tools must be double insulated, GFCI’s on generators tested weekly and all damaged equipment taken out of service until it is repaired or replaced.
chemical spills
Chemical Spills
  • Any business whose chemicals may result in an uncontrolled hazardous substance release needs to have an emergency response plan and needs to be handled by a special response team. The chemicals that you will be working with will all be listed on the MSDS pages and will include the information on how to clean up a spill.
compressed gases
Compressed Gases
  • Proper transportation is key.
  • No tank shall be transported unless it has been secured with either chains or straps.
  • Tanks need to be in an upright position

Confined SpaceA confined space is defined as a space that is large enough that an employee can bodily enter and perform the assigned work, but has limited or restricted means for entry or exit and is not designed for continuous employee occupancy. Some of our jobs are considered confined spaces such as silos, vaults and man hole boxes.

craning rigging
Craning & Rigging
  • The removal on concrete is only limited to the ability to remove the piece that is cut. A cubic square of concrete weights approximately 150 pounds.
  • Proper rigging is key to the removal. The positions of the straps must be equal in weight distribution.
electrical safety
Electrical Safety
  • Only trained and authorized personnel will be allowed to service electrical equipment.
  • Safety devices which have been installed on equipment such as interlocks, covers, & GFCI’s, they are there for your protection.
  • You should also read and follow the equipment manufactures recommendations on the safe use of all equipment.
excavation trenching
Excavation & Trenching
  • Excavation is any man-made cut, cavity, trench, or depression in an earth surface that is formed by earth removal.
  • Trench is a narrow excavation made below the surface of the ground, which has a width of less than 15 feet.
  • A competent person that knows all trenching & excavation standards must approve all trenches.
  • A protective system must be used in ALL excavation, which are 5 feet deep or greater (except for excavations in “stable rock”). Type A soil includes silt and sand, Type B includes sand and gravel, type C is mostly clay and stable rock is natural stone that can be excavated with vertical sides and will remain intact.
fall protection
Working in construction you will be exposed to fall hazards. The OSHA standard is that you must have a fall arrest system in place if you are working within 4’ of a leading edge with a fall greater than 6’. The fall arrest system can include the use of a harness, lanyard, and lifeline, or barricades, netting. Fall Protection
fire extinguisher
Fire Extinguisher
  • Different types of fire extinguishers are designed to fight different classes of fire. The three most common types of fire extinguishers are:
  • Water (APW)
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
  • Dry Chemical (ABC, BC, DC)
forklift safety
Forklift Safety
  • Although we do not operate fork lifts on a daily basis, some jobs will require the use of a fork lift to move equipment and concrete from the job site. Courses are taught on the proper use of a fork lift and all applicable rules and regulations must be followed if you are required to us this piece of equipment.
ground fault interrupters gfi
Ground Fault Interrupters (GFI)
  • A device which protects both the worker and the tool against line ground fault (short circuits). It does this by detecting and imbalance in the current flow to and form the tool. If a ground fault should occur, the current imbalance will trip the G.F.I. before the operator is shocked.
hand tool safety
Hand Tool Safety
  • Always use the proper tool for the job. Never carry tools by the cord or hose. Disconnect tools from the power source before you work on the tool. All guards must be kept in place and are to be in working order. And always wear the proper PPE for the tool you are using
hazardous communications
Hazardous Communications
  • Hazardous communications is your right to know:
  • What am I working with
  • What are the heath hazards
  • How will it harm me.
  • You have the right to ask anyone on your job site to see there MSDS sheets and refuse a job if it appears unsafe do to a lack of hazardous communications
  • Hazardous Material is a serious safety and health problem that continues to endanger human life, animal life and environmental quality. Unless hazardous materials are properly treated, stored, or disposed of, it will continue to do great harm to our environment. There are an estimated 575,000 existing chemical products, and hundreds of new ones being introduced annually. This poses a serious problem for exposed workers and their employer
hot work permits
Hot work permits
  • Some jobs will require a hot work permit before any sawing or drilling begins.
  • A hot work permit must be completed and kept on file if you are working on a potentially highly flammable job site.
  • The permit will list the equipment in use and all individuals working at your location.

Ladder SafetyWorking off of a ladder is not the preferred method in sawing & drilling. However from time to time you may have to work off of a ladder. The ladder is to be placed next to the wall with at least 3 feet above the top surface, the ladder must be tied off and the ladder must also be on secured footing. All equipment should be pulled up to the working location with the use of a rope. A three point contact with the ladder is required by OSHA.

lock out tag out
Lock-out Tag-out
  • Lock-Out/Tag-Out is also referred to as “control of hazardous energy”. This will protect you by making sure that machines and equipment are shut down during any service or maintenance.
  • MSDS standards for material safety data sheets. This form will show you the name of the product you are working with, how it will harm you, ingredients, how to clean up a spill as well as other important information. You should take the time to familiarize yourself with the chemicals you are working with.
machine guarding
Machine Guarding
  • Moving machine parts have the potential for causing severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness. Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from these needless and preventable injuries. Any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded. When the operation of a machine or accidental contact with it can injure the operator or others in the vicinity, the hazards must be either eliminated or controlled.
material handling storage
Material Handling & Storage
  • Avoid lifting where possible and practical by pushing, pulling, rolling or sliding the object to be moved. Use mechanical aids or request help from other employees when necessary, particularly when you find yourself in a difficult or awkward lifting situation. Proper lifting requires you to bend yours knees, not your back and let your leg muscles do most of the work.
personal protective equipment
Personal Protective Equipment
  • This company has a mandatory policy for 100% of personal protective equipment. You are required on all jobs to wear a hard hat, hearing & eye protection, steel toed boots and respiratory projection as required by your specific job.
process safety management
Process Safety Management
  • To help assure safe and healthful workplaces, OSHA has issued the Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals standard (1910.119), which contains requirements for the management of hazards associated with processes using highly hazardous chemicals. OSHA's standard emphasizes the management of hazards associated with highly hazardous chemicals and establishes a comprehensive management program that integrates technologies, procedures, and management practices. The following questions link to resources that provide safety and health information about process safety management
scaffold safety
Scaffold Safety
  • If you are working off a scaffold unit, than the height is not to be greater than 2 levels unless the scaffold is secured to the building. The scaffold must be able to with stand a weight of 4 times the maximum intended load. All scaffold needs to have top rail no higher than 45” and a mid rail ½ the distance from the top rail.
signs barricades
Signs & Barricades
  • If you are working on a job that involves pedestrians or traffic, then the proper signs or barricades need to be in place.
  • Often times the general contractor will provide all traffic control.
signs signals barricades
Signs, Signals & Barricades
  • As part of sawing & drilling, many of our jobs will require work to be done on bridges and roadways. Proper signage and barricades will save your life!
welding cutting
From time to time you may be asked to torch rebar or cut through roof decking, but proper training is a must when welding or cutting with torches. If you are not familiar with this process it is important that you don’t attempt to do this unless you have been trained. Welding & Cutting
the shop equipment usage
The Shop, Equipment & Usage
  • Introduction to the Shop
  • Description of Equipment
  • Usage of Equipment
  • Types of Concrete
tour of the shop
Tour of the shop
  • After you have completed your necessary paperwork you will be given a tour of the shop.
  • The shop tour will show you an overview of the day to day operation. Equipment on hand will be described to you and the appropriate use of the equipment will be described.
items to be repaired or replaced
Items to be repaired or replaced
  • Each office will have a selected area for equipment to be repaired or replaced.
  • It is very important to tag items that are out service and that a very descriptive problem be listed on the repair tag.
core drilling
Core Drilling

Core drilling is one of the most basic jobs that we will do on a daily basis. The standard size of core drilling is 1” to 12”. Core drilling can be done with electric or hydraulic power. The drills can be hand held or mounted by anchors. Other forms of drilling can be done based on the job demand.

bit blade safety
Bit & Blade Safety
  • Before each use, the bits and the blades need to be inspected.
  • If a blade is not used properly than it may develop a core crack, the blade should be taken out of service.
  • Cores should also be inspected as they may have dropped and dented making it very hard to core an opening.
flat sawing or slab sawing
Flat Sawing or Slab Sawing
  • Flat sawing or slab sawing refers to saws that cut on a flat surface. The horsepower of a saw can range from 10 to 120 hp. The saws can be in gas, diesel, hydraulic, electric or propane.
hand sawing
Hand Sawing
  • There are many different hands saws in use. These saws can be gas, electric and hydraulic. The purpose of these saws is for quick and easy cuts. Often times this type of saw is missed used causing bodily injury or property damage. The other down side to this type of sawing is that the cuts are not as straight as a track mounted saw.
wall sawing
Wall Sawing
  • Wall sawing is also called track sawing. This type of sawing can be done either electric or hydraulic. The wall saws come in many forms and can range in weights from 50 #s up to 115 #s.
  • Although this type of sawing is called wall sawing, this application can be applied to flat surfaces as well.
wire sawing
Wire Sawing
  • The purpose of wire sawing is to cut a large section of concrete with a limited amount of room. The size cut is only limited to the contractors ability to move the piece after it is cut. Wire sawing does not use bits or blades, instead it uses a wire either coated with or with out plastic surrounded by diamond embedded beads.
specialized equipment
Specialized Equipment
  • Each truck is equipped with the basic items you will need on a daily basis. Certain jobs will require you to carry specialized equipment. This equipment should be used for that job and returned back to the shop at the end of the day. Specialized equipment may include flush cut saws, odd sized core bits as well as many other items.
bridge work
Bridge work
  • Bridge work generally is done to remove parapet walls and bridge decking. Fall hazards are always present and therefore the proper PPE’s are required on all bridge work.
precision demolition
Precision Demolition
  • Some offices will provide a service of precision demolition.
  • This service would include the haul off of concrete and the disposal.
decorative cutting
Decorative Cutting
  • From time to time your company may be called out to make a decorative cut. This type of cutting is very difficult and is time consuming. If the cut is made correctly, it will add value to property and confidence in the operator.
fuel powered equipment
Fuel Powered Equipment
  • Many pieces of equipment will run off a fuel sources:
    • Gas
    • Diesel
    • Propane

When operating fuel powered equipment indoors, proper ventilation is required before cutting begins.

  • A large amount of equipment you will operate will be done with hydraulics.
  • Make sure you inspect your hoses daily for any leaks and do not over pressure the equipment you are using. If you are checking hydraulic hoses and they are pressurized, you must wear gloves.
other power sources
Other power sources
  • Hydro gen units are relatively new to the industry. This type of energy source can power electric and hydraulic equipment.
pour in place
Pour in Place
  • Concrete can be formed or poured in place.
  • When it is poured it place the sawing application can vary. Some cuts may be hand sawed, wall sawed, core drilled or wire sawed depending on the depth, width & weight.
precast concrete
Precast Concrete
  • Pre-cast concrete is made at a plant based on the specs of the job. Often times incorrect measures are made and modifications must be made using concrete sawing & drilling applications.
brick block
Brick & Block
  • Brick and block construction is the least expensive to build and can be the quickest form of demolition.
hardness of aggregate
Hardness of Aggregate
  • There are many different types of rock used as aggregate. Generally hard aggregate breaks down the cutting diamonds faster which means the bond must be softer to expose new diamonds. Softer aggregate generally does not break down the cutting diamonds as quickly and therefore requires a harder bond to hold the diamonds in place to use their full potential.
green or cured concrete
Green or Cured Concrete
  • The drying or curing of concrete greatly affects how the concrete will interact with a demand blade. Green concrete is freshly poured concrete that has not yet cured. It is softer and more abrasive than cured concrete. A harder bond with undercut protection should be used in this application until it is cured at which point a softer bond would be appropriated. The definition of green concrete can vary widely. Water, temperature, moisture in the aggregate, time of the year and the amount of water in the mix.
reinforcing steel
Reinforcing Steel
  • Steel reinforcing tends to make a blade cut slower. Less reinforcing allows a blade to cut faster. Heavy rebar can also result from different grades of steel. Typical rebar is grade 40 but grade 60 is also common. Rebar gauges are in eights of an inch. #4 is ½” diameter, #5 is 5/8” diameter etc.
items to be repaired or replaced1
Items to be repaired or replaced
  • Each office will have a selected area for equipment to be repaired or replaced.
  • It is very important to tag items that are out service and that a very descriptive problem be listed on the repair tag.
the end
The End
  • Now that you have reviewed this new hire orientation you will take a review test. This test will help us and you understand items that may need additional explanation.
  • Although we have addressed many issues in this presentation, there will be many other safety concerns arise as the jobs may change that will require additional training.