10 safety tips when handling hand and power tools

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hand and power tools

Where would we be without our tools and gadgets? Regardless of the type of project, hand and power tools are routine in any construction work zone. They are also frequently disregarded as safety hazards. Hand tools and power tools present a host of potential hazards such as flying objects, electrical shock, falling objects, punctures and lacerations. Here are 10 quick and easy tips for safely working with hand and power tools.

  1. INSPECT YOUR TOOLS.Never issue or use a damaged or defective hand or power tool. Always make sure they are in good working order before and after each use.
  2. PICK THE RIGHT TOOL.Make sure you are using the correct tool for the task at hand. This also means using the right sized bits, blades and accessories on your power tools.
  3. WEAR YOUR PPE. Issue personal protective equipment to your employees and make sure they wear them properly. This comprises of items like safety goggles, hard hats, etc.
  4. DON’T ALTER YOUR TOOLS.Never remove guards or disable safety devices on power tools. Don’t paint or cover up your tools as this could prevent you from noticing chips or cracks.
  5. HANDLE WITH CARE. Tools are not toys. Never throw or toss a tool in the direction of or directly to a coworker. Never use electrical cords to lower or lift a tool to get it to a workspace.
  6. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE.When working with hand and power tools be sure you have enough room to safely operate without coming into contact with other objects or coworkers.
  7. PICK UP AFTER YOURSELF. Don’t leave idle hand tools lying around the job site. They can lead to tripping or be accidentally knocking on someone’s head.
  8. UNPLUG AND DISCONNECT. Don’t leave electric power tools plugged in when not in use, when making adjustments such as replacing blades and bits, or loading fasteners.
  9. KEEP YOUR WORKSPACE CLEAN.A cluttered floor can lead to accidental trips or falls which can be extremely dangerous when working with hand and power tools.
  10. GET TRAINED UP.Make sure you and your employees are thoroughly trained on the proper use of hand and power tools required for the task at hand.

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