General Safety for Power Tools

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All power tools can be dangerous if both general and tool specific safety instructions are not followed carefully.

Thousands of people are injured annually whilst doing DIY by power tools. General safety instructions apply to all power tools, both corded and cordless.

Work Area

  • Keep your work area clean and well lit. Cluttered work areas invite accidents.
  • Never put a machine down until it has stopped moving.
  • Keep other people and animals out of the area where you are working. Children and animals often do not realise the dangers until it’s too late. Distractions can cause you to lose control.

Electricity Can Be Dangerous

  • All power tools should be earthed and leads MUST be free from damage.
  • Use all mains operated power tools through a Residual Current Device (RCD). RCD’s are now firmly established around the world as a primary means of providing protection against electrocution and fires.
  • Do not use or leave power tools in the rain or wet conditions.
  • Do not carry the tool by its power lead or pull the lead to unplug it.
  • Keep the lead away from heat, sharp edges or moving parts.
  • Replace damaged leads immediately.
  • Always hold the tool as intended by the manufacture/design.
  • Always keep a firm footing when using power tools.
  • Unplug tool/remove battery before changing accessories.
  • Keep hands away from rotating or moving parts.

What Can Go Wrong?

  • Electrical shock
  • Flash burns
  • Falling
  • Hand and/or eye injury
  • Crushing injuries, cuts or loss of body parts
  • Ergonomic injuries

Working Safely With Power Tools

  • Use the power tool accessories only for the jobs for which they were intended.
  • Do not hold work by hand or against your body while drilling or cutting.
  • Do not remove or alter any guards.
  • Use the right tool for the job, it will do the job better and more safely.
  • Only use the accessories recommended by the tool manufacturer.
  • The use of dust collection should be used if available for the tool; this will reduce the amount of dust related hazards.

Good Personal Safety is a MUST

Following good safety practices when using all power tools is a MUST when carrying out DIY projects. Make a habit of practicing safety when carrying out your DIY projects.

  • Always read and understand the manufacturer’s operators’ manual and instructions before you start using the tool.
  • Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common sense when using a power tool.
  • Do not use power tools when you're tired or under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication.

Maintenance Keeps Tools Working Safely and Effectively

  • Do not use a tool if the switch does not turn it on or off. This indicates that it must be repaired.
  • Service tools as directed by the manufacturer.
  • Take tools to the authorised repairer ONLY.

When Finished

  • To avoid accidental starting unplug/remove the batteries after use.
  • Keep tools out of reach of children and people unfamiliar with the tools.