By their very nature, power tools carry a higher hazard risk than hand held tools. The speeds with which a circular saw, chain saw, nail gun or power drill operate create a higher risk of accident and the risk of more serious injuries being incurred. While whacking your thumb with a hand held hammer will hurt, the injury caused will be much less severe than if you staple yourself with a nail gun.
Don’t Scrimp on Safety
Power tools are amazing to own and operate, facilitating all sorts of great projects, but your safety should be paramount when using them, so be vigilant. Firstly, you need to purchase adequate, quality safety equipment. STIHL power tools sell safety equipment designed for use with power tools and their website is a good starting point when deciding what you need.
Your eyes are incredibly important so you must use protective equipment like safety glasses or goggles whenever you are using power tools. Drills, grinders, sanders, saws and drills operate at very high speeds and can easily propel particles into your eyes if they are not protected. Anyone working around power tools should also be mindful of eye safety too. The level of protection required will depend on what you are doing. Certain tools, like a chain saw or grinder, require a full face shield.
Using gloves will protect your hands from cuts, scrapes and burns. Again, the type of work you are doing will dictate the fabric of your gloves. Standard cotton or leather gloves are ample for light tasks, but cut resistant gloves are required to protect you against moving blades. It is important also to have all guards in place and to hold tools correctly. Anti-vibration gloves are also available to help cushion the impact of power tools like hammer drills.
It is a good idea to wear safety footwear whenever you are using power tools. Many an accident could have been avoided if this simple rule had been followed. Safety boots with non-slip, insulated soles are advised and steel caps should be worn when using saws.
Industrial deafness is extremely common. Power tools generate high sound levels and exposure over extended periods will damage your hearing. Ear plus or ear muffs should be worn to prevent this.
Dust respirators should be worn during cutting operations to prevent inhaling dust.
No Loose Ends
Tie back long hair and don’t wear loose fitting clothing or jewellery that could get caught in moving blades.
Read the Manual
You should always read the owners’ manual before you start using a new tool. This will explain in detail the correct operation of the power tool, precautions that should be taken and the limitations of the tool. In the case of power tool operation, knowledge is power.
Assess each and every work situation to decide what type of safety gear you need to operate safely and effectively. Let common sense be your guide.