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Portable Power Tools safety

Portable Power Tools safety

Portable electric tools are mainly intended for the realization of small jobs. They are used for the mechanization of manual operations and are powered by electricity, air, etc., during assembly, installation, assembly or finishing work. They are also used in places on items inaccessible by tools on stationary machines.

Portable Power Tools safety

Hazards involved in portable power tools:

Risks associated with portable electric hand tools include:

* Electric shock, electrocution, burns

* Heat, sparks / fire, cuts, abrasions, perforations
* dust / particles in suspension, imprisonment of clothing

* Sprains and strains (wrist, hand, arm, shoulder, etc.)
* Hearing effect, vibrations cause "white fingers"

Precautions for Abrasive Tools:

* All abrasive tools must be tested and the necessary grounding must be checked before use.

* All moving parts of grinders, mixers, etc. must be protected to prevent injuries to workers.

* Provide workers with personal protective equipment involving crushing, grinding or spraying, and all machines must be covered.

Instruct Workers to:

* Hold the tool so that its center of gravity is close to the body

* Reduce tool backlash by working on a flat surface
* Rest their hands by placing the tool or inserting it into a case when not in use

Do’s for Electrical Hand Tools:

* Check tools before starting work for any damage.

* Make sure the tool is in good condition, cleaned, repaired and oiled.

* Make sure the ground pin is in place and there is no break in the cord.

* Make sure that the grounding is correct or check that the tool is double insulated.

* Make sure the switch operates freely. Keep your finger on the switch when carrying a tool.

* Ensure guards are in place and functioning properly.

* If the brushes produce excessive sparks, obtain a replacement tool.

* Wear appropriate eye and foot protection.

* Remove adjustment keys before starting or connecting the tool.

* Unplug the power plug before making any adjustments or changes, or when the tool is not in use.

* Always hold the tool firmly.

* Tools must be carried in the tool kit by climbing a ladder.

* Store the tool where it will not be damaged.

Don’ts for Electrical Hand tools:

* Do not work when the soil is wet or damp without extreme precautions.

* Do not wear tools freely on a ladder.

* Do not operate the grinding wheels at a speed higher than their nominal value.

* Do not use the cord to remove the plugs or tools.

* Do not use tools in the presence of flammable gases or vapors.

* Do not do improvised repairs.

* Do not work on makeshift platforms.

* Do not use tools with defective guards.

* Do not hang the cord on sharp edges, through water, where it could be crushed by vehicles or tripped over.

* Do not wear loose clothing or gloves.

* Do not keep hands near rotating or moving parts.

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