Your profession may call for you to use power tools almost every day of the week. While these tools can improve performance and save you time, they’re also dangerous.
It’s important to follow proper safety protocol at all times. If you’re wondering where to start, here are several power tool safety tips to guide you:
- Never use a power tool in close proximity to water or in wet weather conditions
- Inspect every tool before using it, paying close attention to any damage and defects
- Disconnect tools when they’re not in use
- Let others know when you’re using a power tool, so they can keep their distance if applicable
- Secure the work area with clamps, thus allowing you to operate the tool with both hands
- Keep your workspace clean, as debris can result in a trip and fall
- Follow the maintenance instructions for your power tools
- Wear the proper safety gear, such as gloves and a mask at all times
- Beware of accidental starting, such as by hitting a switch button while carrying a tool
- Remove any damaged power tools from your workspace, and label them accordingly so others stay away
Even if you follow these power tool safety tips, you could still suffer an injury. For example, your hand could slip when using a circular saw, resulting in a deep laceration and ligament damage.
If you’re involved in a power tool accident at work, call for immediate help, administer first aid and report the accident to your supervisor. Depending on the extent of your injury, you may be in a position to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.