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