Power Tool Safety

Power Tool Safety

Famous Last Words:  “It’s only 110v, it can’t hurt me.”  Record books are full of people who have been severely injured or killed by 110v tools and appliances.

Working with electricity in wet conditions is dangerous and sometimes deadly.  Power tools should never be used in wet conditions or environments.

Basic Power Tool Use and Care:

Tools should not be lifted or carried by their cord.

Manufacturer installed guards should be left in place and not removed for convenience.

Damaged tools should be removed from service immediately.  The same applies for cords and extension cords.

Extension cords of the right amperage to match the tools amperage must be used.

Grounding prongs on cords should never be removed.

When working in difficult positions or areas, power tools should be supported by a cord or rope.

Loose clothing, jewelry, ties, etc. should not be worn when working with power tools.

Safety glasses or goggles should be worn when working with power tools.  Check OSHA guidelines or tools owners manual to see which is appropriate for the type of tool you are working with.

When working with air powered tools, care needs to be taken when disconnecting or connecting these tools.

Air hoses cannot be disconnected from the compressor end until the air pressure has been bled off the lines.

Never work on power tools when they are plugged in.

Unplug a drill or saw before attempting to replace a blade or a bit.

Manufacturers of power tools have invested a lot of time & money designing tools to be convenient and safe to use.  Don’t reinvent the wheel by altering a tool from its original design.

Like power tools, hand tools have been designed and engineered to perform specific functions.  Use the right tool for the job.

Inspect tools frequently for damage or weakness in crucial areas.

Turn in or destroy damaged tools immediately.

A hammer and screwdriver is not a drill.  It’s unprofessional and most importantly extremely dangerous.

A wrench is not a hammer.  Take a minute and go to your toolbox and get the right tool.  The few minutes it may take is a lot cheaper than a visit to the emergency room.

How many times have you used a screwdriver as a punch, chisel or prybar?  Once is too often.  Accidents are always just around the corner waiting to happen.

If you’re an employee and unsure of proper techniques and safety issues involving tools, ask for help.

In summary, if you’re an owner or manager, teach and preach safety in tool use constantly.  It is important that tool boxes and trucks be inspected frequently for damaged tools.  As a business owner, your employee’s safety is your responsibility.

These guidelines also apply to your duct cleaning equipment, after all, this equipment is tools of your trade.  Inspect all duct cleaning equipment on a regular basis for safety, performance, and appearance.

Properly cared for tools creates a positive image for your company in your customers eye as well.

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