Get Into A Routine With Tool Inspections
In construction, portable power tools are used every day and can present their own set of dangers. Minimize potential safety issues by making it a habit to start with a tool inspection before you plug in.
- Does the tool have a damaged or cracked housing, power source, or bits/accessories?
- Does the tool have a dull blade? Dull blades are often more dangerous than sharp blades.
- Are there missing guards or protective devices?
- Is the unit leaking gasoline, oil, or other fluids?
- Does the tool appear to be in poor condition?
- Does the tool have a 3 wire cord, if not is it double insulated?
- Are there any potential tripping hazards in the work area?
- Is the work area clean?
Follow the inspection with these twelve best safety practices to ensure you stay safe during tool operation:
- Ensure you are wearing the correct PPE
- You should always wear eye protection
- Use the proper tool for the job
- Use tools with a three wire plug and make sure connections are tight
- Disconnect tool before making adjustments or repairs.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions
- If unsure about use, ask a supervisor or coworker
- Insure tools are not pointed at or operated in close proximity to other individuals
- Use spark resistant tools when working near a fuel source
- Do not use excessive force to cut/drill through hard materials
- Never place your hand behind the material you are working on when the tool could push through
- Gasoline/Mixed Fuedl powered tools must be off and cool when re-fueled, use only in well ventilated areas