Is there any research about how risky it is to have a circular saw? I want to buy my first one. I already watched many YouTube safety tips. But, I am still concerned. Is there specific data on the percentage of people who were injured while using this saw?

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    Personal opinion but as power tools go a circular saw is pretty safe. The biggest risk is probably getting something thrown in your eyes so safety googles are a must.
    – jonathan
    May 30, 2021 at 14:10
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    Most people who are injured using them, usually are not paying attention, using a damaged saw, or drunk/high. Pay attention, watch where the saw is compared to your body parts, have the wood fixed/clamped in place before cutting(don't hold in one hand and cut), and keep saw and safety guards maintain.
    – crip659
    May 30, 2021 at 14:11
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    In addition to what @crip659 says, only expose as much of the blade that is necessary to make the cut. Let the saw do the cutting, don't push it faster than it wants to go. You'll love it.
    – JACK
    May 30, 2021 at 14:31
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    You know what else will drive you up above the average statistical injury? Do something NOBODY does: Read all those "boring" safety instructions at the front of the manual. Then read the entire manual before plugging in the saw and try all its features while unplugged. Then use the saw for a few simple cuts in ideal circumstances, then read the whole manual again.
    – jay613
    May 30, 2021 at 15:42
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    I mean "above average" in a positive sense. I should have used "below" if I was answering your question properly as in "likeliness to be injured". sorry. Being safety conscious, reading, preparing, using for appropriate tasks and remaining focused will each contribute to making you less likely to be injured. At some point you should stop worrying about statistics and more about how to get from very safe to super safe. I'll take a stab at your new question.
    – jay613
    May 30, 2021 at 16:07

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Safety instructions are available from many government bodies, e.g


Regret I cannot cut and paste part of the article, not correct to quote only part of the article.

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