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Do you follow these portable power tool safety tips?

When it comes to the use of portable power tools, it's easy to believe that you know exactly what you are doing. However, here's something you need to remember: One mistake is all it takes for an accident to occur.

Here are some of the best portable power tool safety tips you can follow:

  • Read the instruction manual to ensure that you know exactly how to use the tool.
  • Never use an electric power tool in close proximity to construction material.
  • Wear the proper safety equipment, such as goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris.
  • If a tool is damaged, don't use it until it's repaired.
  • Keep other people away from the work area.
  • Maintain a firm grip on the tool at all times.
  • Do not operate a tool if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any type of prescription medication.
  • Unplug the tool before changing the blade or performing any type of maintenance.
  • Keep tools in a safe and secure place when not in use.

When you follow these portable power tool safety tips, you have a better chance of avoiding trouble.

If you are injured by a portable power tool on the job, don't hesitate to seek medical attention. The sooner you are treated, the easier it is to avoid long-term injury.

Once you know what type of treatment you require, you should then turn your attention to the future. You may be able to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits, allowing you to receive financial assistance until you can return to work.

Source: Grainger, "Hand and Power Tool Safety," accessed Aug. 09, 2017

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