In reality power tool safety is of extreme importance; if they are not used properly or safely then serious accidents can occur and even fatalities. The major cause of this is through ignorance! Power tools are used so frequently by tradesmen, builders and even keen DIY’ers but this doesn’t mean that they know everything there is to know about them.
Serious accidents such as cuts, amputations, impaled objects and even eye injuries can occur and these are no laughing matter. Mercer and Sons have some helpful hints and tips which will help to keep you safe.
- Never ever operate a tool unless you understand how it works and how to operate it. Some tools require training but if you are comfortable with how it works you minimise your risk of injury.
- Before using a tool check it to see that it hasn’t been damaged; you should check for missing parts such as safety guards, loose or dull blades, cuts in the plug and cord insulation, defects or cracks in the tool housing or problems with the guards and safety shut off switches.
- Ensure you have the right tool for the job you are carrying out. Never use a tool that is meant for a specific task for something which it isn’t intended for. Make sure it is set to the right speed, power, and depth of cut adjustments and then ensure that no other workers have had problems with the tool if it is shared amongst workers.
- Identify what kind of personal protective equipment will you need? Sometimes within the manufacturers manual there will be a section which will cover protective equipment to wear when operating the power tool. Eye protection and hearing protection are perhaps the most common two although in some gases tools which generate dust, shavings or particles will need safety glasses or goggles in order to protect your lungs.
- Avoid loose clothing when operating the power tools because sometimes these loose items can become caught up in the equipment and end up pulling you in; many accidents have occurred in this manner.
- Before turning on the power of the power tool check where the tool shut off function and locate the power switch; although most power tools will stop when you release your finger from the button in an emergency you may need to react quickly to shut the power tool off and knowing how to do so is vital.
- Inspect the area where you are drilling, cutting or using the power tool and ensure that there are no electrics, plumbing, nails, steel hardware or anything which could potentially make the user lose control of the tool during operation.
- Always keep the working area clean and organised and ensure that there are no flammable materials nearby. Ensure that your cords are not dangling or overlapped on the floor causing any hazards where someone could trip. Keep an eye on your own safety guards and blades and ensure that you never cut through your own cord risking electrocution which is what many do!
Come to Mercer and Sons for help and guidance on a number of leading brand power tools. We can help you to find the tool that you need and one which is suitable for the specific job you are carrying out.