October Safety Topic: Power Tools

Power tools can be hazardous when improperly used.  Power tools can be electric, pneumatic, liquid fuel, hydraulic or powder-actuated depending on their power source.  It is important that you understand the potential hazards and know the safety precautions needed when operating power tools. Always wear approved eye and ear protection, dust masks and appropriate clothing for the job you are doing.  Always use eye protection when cutting, drilling, grinding or sawing.

  • Never carry a tool by the cord or hose.
  • Keep a good footing and maintain your balance.
  • Tools should be maintained with care.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions.when lubricating and changing accessories.
  • Never yank the cord or hose to disconnect the tool from the receptacle.
  • Avoid accidental starting by holding your finger away from the switch button

when you walk with a tool in your hands.

  • Do not wear jewelry or loose clothing at work as it can get caught in the machine parts.
  • Keep your work area clean and free from clutter.
  • Always use power tools in an appropriate manner.
  • Operate the equipment in a well lighted area.
  • Never try to raise or lower the tool by pulling on the cord.
  • Never use staples to fasten the cord.
  • Before beginning your task, always inspect the equipment for external or internal problems. Repair or replace broken tools immediately.  Place a “do not use” sign on the equipment in the meantime.  Tell your supervisor as soon as something breaks.
  • Only a qualified person should repair or service power equipment.
  • Guards should be used on all power tools that are designed to accommodate guards.  Never remove a guard.
  • All workers should be trained in the proper use of this equipment.
  • Never leave a power tool running while unattended.
  • All tools that are fuel powered need to be stopped and cooled before refueling, servicing or being repaired.
  • Clean and store any tools that you don’t need for the rest of the day.
  • Most important of all, stay aware of what you are doing.

Nothing above supersedes local, state or federal laws. Information is believed to be reliable but Canal HR makes no guarantee as to, and assumes no responsibility for the correctness, sufficiency or completeness of the above information and recommendations. Additional safety measures may be required in some circumstances.