Power tools are commonly used both at home by DIYers and in workplaces such as construction sites. But even though the use of these tools has become commonplace, it is still necessary to practice safety due to the risk of injury if they are used incorrectly.
It is never a good idea to become complacent when using power tools, especially those fitted with circular saw blades. The experts at Devour Tools say that there are a number of safety precautions that anyone using power tools should take. Furthermore, employers must make sure that workers are fully trained on how to use these tools safely to avoid injury.
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The Dangers of Incorrect Power Tool Usage
Power tools come with moving parts, and some are fitted with blades. These tools carry a risk of injury, and that risk is higher when the person using the tool is not practicing safety. If used incorrectly, a power tool has the potential to cause an injury such as laceration, eye trauma, head injury, amputation, electrical burns, electrical shock, and falls. In the most serious cases, incorrect use of a power tool could even result in death.
What Rules Should You Follow When Using Power Tools
- When it comes to using power tools, you must always make sure that you are using the right tool for the job you are doing. Trying to take shortcuts with a tool that is inadequate for the work you are doing is likely to result in accidents.
- Before you start your work, be sure to inspect the tool you plan to use to ensure there is no damage or loose parts. Tighten all screws and make sure that things like blades are mounted correctly.
- Make sure that you are wearing the necessary protective gear. This should include ear protectors, safety goggles, face mask, safety gloves, steel-capped boots, and a hard hat. Sometimes, an entire face shield is preferable to a pair of safety goggles and a face mask.
- Familiarize yourself with the operating instructions in the user manual.
- Make sure that all power tools are cleaned after use and that they are stored safely to prevent damage. Do not throw tools around. If possible, store each tool in its own box or bag, and make sure that tools are stored in a dry place.
- When working with power tools, make sure that people and animals are at a safe distance.
- Do not carry your tools around by the cord and do not pull the cord to disconnect the tool from the power supply.
- Be sure that electrical cords are not close to any sharp edges or heat.
- When operating power tools, avoid loose clothing and jewelry that could get caught in moving parts.
- Make sure your feet are on level ground when using a power tool. Never stand on something unstable, such as a box, when using a power tool.
- When climbing a ladder, do not do so with a power tool in your hand. It is better to place tools in a bucket or bag and get someone to hoist them up to you when you are at the top.
Power tools are fantastic in terms of making it quicker and easier to get the job done, but they are also dangerous tools that carry the risk of injury when not used correctly. It is essential therefore, that anyone tasked with using a power tool knows how to use it safely and follows a variety of rules designed for careful use. This includes wearing the necessary protective gear and following manufacturer’s guidelines on how to use each tool.