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Power Tool Tips

Power tools such as impact wrenches, pneumatic nail guns and screwguns make many workplace tasks easier and more efficient. Because they have become so commonplace in today's workplace, however, workers are not only exposed to a variety of hazards posed by power tools, but constant use makes it easy to forget those hazards.

And while employers are responsible for the safe condition of tools and equipment in the workplace, workers are responsible for properly using and maintaining tools.

During your next workplace safety training session, remind power tool users of these general precautions for operating power tools1:

  • Never carry a tool by the cord or hose.
  • Never yank the cord or the hose to disconnect it from the receptacle.
  • Disconnect tools when not in use, before servicing and when changing accessories such as blades, bits and cutters.
  • Keep observers a safe distance from the work area.
  • Secure work with clamps or a vise, freeing both hands to operate the tool.
  • Avoid accidental starting – never hold a finger on the switch button while carrying a plugged-in tool.
  • Keep good footing and maintain good balance.
  • Wear proper apparel. Loose clothing, ties or jewelry can become caught in moving parts.