Topic: Tool Safety
Safe Handling of Electrical Tools & Equipment
Commonly used Power Tools
- Do not use power drill in damp, wet or stand in a puddle of water.
- Always check cord for damage or cut before use and keep tools in good condition.
- Never carry power drill by the cord or yank the cord to disconnect it.
- Keep cords away from heat, oil and sharp edges.
- Switch off and unplug power drill before changing the drill bit.
- Grinding wheel shall be guarded as completely as possible.
- Grinder shall be equipped with “dead man” switch that shut off the power when pressure is released.
- Switch off and unplug electric grinder before changing grinding disc.
- Always wear appropriate PPE such as safety glasses, goggles or face shields.
Electric Saws (Jig Saw Circular Saw)
- Electric saws shall be equipped with guards above and below the face plate.
- The lower guard shall be check frequently to be sure it operates freely and encloses the teeth completely when use.
- Switch off and unplug electric saws before changing the blade.
- At the beginning and end of the stroke or when teeth are exposed, the operator shall with due care to keep the body out of the line-of-cut.
Power Tools Safety Rules
- Use your tool only for the specific task it was designed to do.
- Read the owner's manual before using your tool.
- Never use any tool – power or manual – unless you are trained to do so.
- Inspect screws, nuts, bolts and moveable parts to make sure they are tightened.
- Before plugging or unplugging tools, be sure power switch is turned to "OFF."
- Never disconnect power by pulling on the cord – remove the plug from the outlet.
- Never clean or repair a tool unless power is disconnected. (Repair tools only if you are trained to do so.)
- When working on ladders or scaffolding, rest power tools on a flat surface or in a bin secured to the ladder itself. ( A falling tool can seriously injure a coworker or bystander.)
- Use a ground fault circuit interrupter when working with power tools.
- Do not wear rings, jewellery, or loose clothing when operating power tools.
- Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as face shields or safety goggles.