6 Rules of Power Tool Safety
From nail guns to jackhammers, power tools can play a big part in a day laborer's job. To make sure you’re using them safely, follow these six safety rules.
Make Sure Power Tools Are in Working Order
Before plugging them in and getting to work, take the time to inspect your power tools. If you see that it’s dirty and needs to be cleaned or attachments like bits and blades are ready to be changed, this is the time do so. You should also check for any signs of damage to the cord, parts and any safety guards. Doing so decreases your chances of getting hurt due to an equipment malfunction.
Wear the Right Gear
As with any type of day laborer, wearing the right protective clothing and gear is important to staying safe while using power tools. Eyewear like goggles, glasses and shields can keep flying particles from damaging your eyes while working. The proper gloves can protect fingers and help you get a good grip on the tools. Safety shoes with a reinforced toe and non-skid soles can protect you from falling tools and slipping. If the tool you’re working with is especially loud (think jackhammers), ear plugs is another piece of PPE you should wear at all times.
Work in a Safe Area
Besides checking your power tool you also need to check your workplace for possible hazards prior to starting work. Make sure cords aren’t in the way to avoid tripping and falling over them. Clean up any debris that can be ignited by sparks from your tools as well as ensure work surfaces are dry. Also make sure you aren’t working around flammable materials.
Handle Your Power Tool Properly
How you hold your power tool can be the difference between a great day at work and a hazardous one. Never carry power tools by the cord or hose. The weight of the tool can damage these parts over time and increase the chances of it slipping and falling on your feet. Be sure that when you are carrying around the power tool your fingers aren’t near the power switch to avoid accidental starting.
Be Very Mindful of the People Around You
Responsible employees not only keep themselves safe but also those around them. Your workspace should be a safe distance away from other employees on a job site. If working with tools such as riveting guns, air drills or chippers, use screens to protect others from flying debris. Another safety rule? Don’t point any power tool toward your co-workers.
Unplug Your Power Tool When it's Not in Use
Whether you’re done for the day, taking a break or cleaning your tools, make sure you not only turn them off but unplug your power tools as well. It’s also a good idea to store them in a safe place.
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