Take 5 For Safety – Safety Rules for Power Tools

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Safety Rules for Power Tools

Portable electric power tools are just what their name implies, power tools. Because theyre powerful workers need to be aware of their limitations and potential hazards.

Use and maintain tools with care. Keep them sharp and clean for their best and safest performance. Follow the manufacturers instructions for lubricating and changing tool accessories. Use the right tool for the job. Dont force a small tool or attachment to do the job of a heavy-duty tool. It overstrains the tool and overloads the motor. Keep guards in place and follow lockout/tagout procedures. Unless its designed for it, never use a portable electric tool where there are flammable vapors or gases present.

If the tool is equipped with a three-prong plug, it should be plugged into a three-hold electrical receptacle. If an adapter is used to accommodate it to a two-prong receptacle, the adapter wire must be attached to a known ground. Never remove the third prong.

Keep the cord in good condition. Keep it away from heat, oil, and sharp edges. Never carry a tool by its cord, or yank the cord to disconnect it from a receptacle and never carry a plug-in tool with your finger on the switch. Report any defective or broken plugs and insulation on cords. Take the tool out of service to be repaired or replaced.

The greatest hazard of power tools is electric shock, so make sure the tool is properly grounded before its turned on. Its dangerous to use power tools in damp or wet locations or if the worker is perspiring. Moisture helps electricity flows more easily through the body. Rubber gloves and footwear are recommended when working outdoors where its damp.

Wear proper clothing and personal protective equipment when working with power tools. Loose clothing or jewelry that can get caught in moving parts. Safety glasses or goggles can protect against flying particles or chips from entering the eye. Keep others out of the plane of rotation so they wont be hit by flying particles.

Keep your balance and proper footing when working with power tools, being careful not to overreach. When youve finished with the tool, put it down or store it so that it cant cause an injury to another worker. Keep the work area well lit and clean. Cluttered areas and benches invite accidents.


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3 thoughts on “Take 5 For Safety – Safety Rules for Power Tools”

  1. When using a circular saw safety is first. I always suggest not to use a damaged or malfunctioning in any way. The rusted blade are so risky and of course the blade must be sharp and clean.

  2. Another good post. But i think you need to explain some more about safety glasses and gloves. This is a really important matters for us but no one give a damm about it. If possible add an extra para for that part.

  3. I have always known that you should keep the cord in good condition, but I had no idea that the tool should always be attached to a known ground. I had a friend who was injured because of a faulty power tool cable. I will have to inspect the cords of my tools to make sure they are alright.

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