Portable power tools are one of the greatest time and energy savers around. Since they’re so readily available and useful, we tend to forget that they’re powered, and have the potential to amputate, break bones, electrocute, and kill. Some of the serious accidents using power tools have involved situations like the following:
- A roofer was installing flashing on a roof. Using a power drill on the roof edge, he lost his balance when the drill cut through the material. Failing to use fall protection, he toppled 30 feet to his death.
- A carpenter amputated three fingers using a portable circular saw incorrectly. He tried to adjust the blade depth with one hand, with the other on the grip handle. He accidentally hit the trigger.
Here are the most prevalent problems:
- Inadequate instructions
- Use of improperly grounded, non-double insulated tools
- Protective guards were defective, pinned back or removed
- Dull, cutting edges of blades and bits
- Hang-up of power cords on ladder rungs
- Non-balanced and secure operator position
Here are some simple solutions:
- Proper training in power tool use
- Preventive maintenance on power tools
- Inspections and defective tool repairs
- Shorten power cord to prevent hang-ups
- If you are performing elevated work, use fall protection
Remember to never use a power tool unless you have been trained on how to use that tool properly and safely.
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