I recently came across an interesting list, “10 Power Tools That Could Kill You,” and I share it here more as a means of starting a discussion than anything else. 

Here’s a list of the tools mentioned that are found in shops or on construction sites:

  1. Radial Arm Saw
  2. Miter Saw
  3. Angle Grinder
  4. Table Saw
  5. Lathe
  6. Nailer
  7. Chain Saw
  8. Circular Saw

The tools on the list probably don’t surprise you, though a couple gave me pause as I tried to imagine how they’d kill someone. Any tool can do serious, life-threatening damage. But I have to think pretty hard, though, about the circumstances in which a miter saw might kill me. I have a pretty vivid imagination—and an elaborate one at that—so it doesn’t take much to get my mind going.

If you’re working in a live panel box, a screwdriver can be a heck of a lot more dangerous than a radial arm saw. Or if you’re working with an acetylene torch, things can go wrong quickly and quite dramatically if aren’t careful. What do you think—can the tools on this list really kill you? What tools have been left out?

And, most importantly, what’s your best advice for the new member of your crew regarding the use of any or all of these?

Please post your answers in the comments section below.

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