STAY SAFE IN THE WORKSHOP, WITH THESE POWER TOOL SAFETY TIPS
Power tools are awesome, cool and extremely dangerous when not handled correctly. Using a high-powered machine requires a degree of safety knowledge and know-how, which is non-negotiable in the workshop. Considering the wide array of tools out there and the many varieties you get of each one, safety and meticulous attention to detail is essential. Gasoline, electrical or air compressed power tools need to be handled properly and with caution.
Here are a few safety tips to get you started on your road to power tool dominance:
A simple but effective tip. Use both hands to hold power tools. Using only one hand is a sure-fire way to lose control of a machine. Two hands offer more stability and control over the environment. Never attempt to operate grinders, hammer drills or sanders, with one hand because you’ll lose that fight for control.
Power tools can get extremely hot so always use gloves to protect your hands and your skin, which can burn easily on fast-moving machinery parts. You definitely want to ensure that, when using tools such as orbital sanders, your skin is sufficiently protected.
Always check the power tool before using it to ensure there are no missing parts, chips or cracks. Replace damaged parts before turning the tool on, otherwise parts could spin off in various directions, which is extremely dangerous. Nails can snap if drilled too hard or placed incorrectly in the wood, and your tool could burn out.
WEAR GOGGLES AND A MASK
Protect your eyes from flying objects, and your lungs from dust. Sanding produces a fine dust that is easily inhaled, and can also irritate your eyes. Nails can also snap and fly through the air, which means your eyes need to be covered. Always be vigilant and keep your eyes and mouth protected.
You cannot work safely in a space that is covered in wires because you could trip and fall against or into a powerful machine. If you are finished using a power tool, ensure you pack it away correctly. Don’t leave tools lying around, it’s asking for trouble. Aside from the safety aspect, it’s also common courtesy and convenient to keep the workspace clean.
If you are finished with a drill, sander, router or jigsaw machine, or even if you’re just stepping away for a simple tea break, switch it off and unplug it, just to be on the safe side. Never assume your colleagues or kids know the machine is off because; that is a common and, often avoidable accident, waiting to happen.
- Electric Tools
Avoid using electric tools of any sort while standing on wet spots or damp surfaces. Double insulation of the wires is essential to prevent water leaking into the structure and causing electrocution. Inspect the wires and cords before use. If you see any fraying edges or cracks then do not use the machine until the power cords are correctly secured.
- Pneumatic Tools
If not used correctly, electric tools can be hazardous, especially when it comes to flying bits. Always ensure bits are correctly used with electric tools. The power of these machines can be brutal if used incorrectly. Pneumatic tools use compressed air and need to be firmly controlled.
- Gasoline Tools
Fuel is explosive so you need to handle gasoline power tools with caution. Always refuel this kind of tool in a neutral, cool area that has full ventilation and is away from heat and spark sources. Working in an area that has a build-up of fumes and gasoline spills can be dangerous. Always work in a ventilated space and clean up any mess promptly. This will help ensure your safety.
When buying your power tools from L&T Venables, their ranges are vast and their safety knowledge vital, so always enquire about the best way to deal with power machines. Working with high-powered tools does not have to be daunting at all. Showing safety savvy in the workshop will see you carefully whipping up those cupboards, tables and chairs in next to no time.