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Basics of Power Tool Safety

An estimated 8% of Industry Accidents involve the misuse of power tools.

tool kits, tool casesEveryone using power tools, on or off the job, should follow basic guidelines to prevent unnecessary accidents to yourself or others while using portable power tools. Relying on knowledge over experience, taking time to prepare yourself and the work place, knowing and preparing each power tool as directed, using the right tool the right way, and taking time to complete the job properly you will help to ensure an incident free work place.

Take time to review the following tips for the safety of your job site, employees and yourself. Make power tool safety part of your Safety Training Program today!

tool kits, tool casesRely on Knowledge over Experience
1) Read all of the instructions provided by the manufacturer before using each tool.
2) Combine a proper education of each power tool with proper instruction under the guidance of an individual experienced in use of the tool.
3) Never presume that the trainee is experienced in basic safety practices; always present fundamental principles to all employees.

Prepare Yourself
1) Never operate a power tool while fatigued or under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs, and medication that may affect your reaction time.
2) Always wear protective gear for eyes, ears, face, hands and feet that has been recommended or mandated while operating the power tool.
3) Refrain from wearing loose clothing or jewelry and secure long hair.

Prepare Your Workplace
tool kits, tool cases
1) Clear area of obstructions that may impede safe work procedures.
2) Provide adequate lighting and ventilation especially if working in ignitable atmosphere.
3) Always rest your power tool on a flat surface or a created bin while working on ladders and scaffolding.
4) Work within your reach to provide stability of yourself and the power tool.

Know and Prepare the Tool
1) Check all tools for good condition; inspecting safety guards, accessories and blades.
2) Check the power supply for integrity; inspecting power supply cords and hoses for defects and repair or replace if defective before use of tool.
3) Check press-to-operate or lock-on operating mechanism for releasing motion, making sure it will freely turn to ÒoffÓ position without sticking.
4) Never attach accessories or make adjustments while power tool is connected to a power source.

Use the Proper Tool the Proper Way
1) Make sure that the tool is properly sized and designed for the specific task at hand.
2) Always secure the work piece so it is properly stabilized and clamped.
3) Never pull or lift the tool by the power supply cord or hose.
4) Always use side handles when applicable.
5) Turn off tool immediately if abnormal noise or vibration is experienced.

Completing the Job
1) Inspect tool before putting away.
2) Correct any deficiencies or make note of any unfixed problems by attaching a note or tag to caution next user.
3) Never assume next user will check equipment before using.
4) Store in a dry, safe location; unplugged and out of reach of children.

If you currently do not have a Safety Training Program for using Portable Power Tools for your employees, you might want to consider asking a professional to conduct a program specifically designed for your company. The above summary of information provided by Tecra Tools is not to be used as a training program but as a simple review of Power Tool Safety.

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