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Safe Handling of Electrical Tools & Equipment

Topic: Tool Safety                                                                                                                                                                        

Safe Handling of Electrical Tools & Equipment


Commonly used Power Tools

Power Drill

  • 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.

Electric Grinder

  • 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 before each use and replace or repair if parts are worn or damaged.
  • 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.

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