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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:
  1. Ensure you are wearing the correct PPE
  2. You should always wear eye protection
  3. Use the proper tool for the job
  4. Use tools with a three wire plug and make sure connections are tight
  5. Disconnect tool before making adjustments or repairs.
  6. Follow the manufacturer's instructions
  7. If unsure about use, ask a supervisor or coworker
  8. Insure tools are not pointed at or operated in close proximity to other individuals
  9. Use spark resistant tools when working near a fuel source
  10. Do not use excessive force to cut/drill through hard materials
  11. Never place your hand behind the material you are working on when the tool could push through
  12. Gasoline/Mixed Fuedl powered tools must be off and cool when re-fueled, use only in well ventilated areas

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