Even though your employees may use power tools regularly, a quick refresher on their hazards and safe work practices could prevent an unfortunate incident. As a supplier of Dewalt, Bosch, Makita, Milwaukee, and Hitachi power tools in Gloucester we thought it would be good to share our practices for our own staff with our customers. We have listed a few refresher points below to jog everyone’s memory.
- Never carry a tool by the cord or hose.
- Never yank the cord or hose to disconnect it.
- Keep cords and hoses away from heat, oil, and sharp edges.
- Disconnect tools when not in use, before servicing and cleaning, and when changing out accessories.
- Keep those not involved at a safe distance from the work area.
- Secure work with a clamp or vice, freeing both hands to operate the tool.
- Avoid accidental startup. Do not hold fingers on the switch button while carrying a plugged-in tool.
- Maintain tools with care. Keep them sharp and clean and follow manufacturer’s instructions for lubricating and changing accessories.
- Wear proper apparel for the task—loose items like ties, hoodie strings or jewelry can become caught in moving parts.
- Remove all damaged portable electric tools from use and tag them “Do not use.”
Where do power tool operators get into trouble?
Common causes of injury can be when experienced tool operators become careless or give in to the temptation to hurry or ignore safety rules. Accidents involving novices are typically associated with a lack of safety knowledge and/or respect for the tool. An inexperienced user may fail to identify a potentially dangerous situation. An example is not recognizing the sound of a saw that is beginning to labor because of a problem with the blade.The three major causes of power tool injuries overall are inattention or complacency, unexpected events, and inexperience or overconfidence.
Please keep yourselves and your staff safe by just sharing these basic tips and ensuring everyone is correctly trained to the standards required for the tool they are using.
“The Servatool Team”