Power Tool Safety Tips for Construction Workers

Don't be a statistic.

Jul 10, 2018

Approximately 400,000 emergency room visits occur each year as a result of construction-related accidents. Unfortunately, some of those mishaps cause fatalities.

A factor in many construction-related accidents is the improper use of power tools. While extremely useful, these tools can also be hazardous unless company personnel prioritize proper safety measures and precautions.   

Protect yourself with strict adherence to these and other safety guidelines when operating a variety of power tools.

Electric Tools

To protect against electrical burns and shocks, check electrically-powered tools and the work area for the following:

  • Double insulation.
  • Three-wire cords. Using an adapter to accommodate a two-hole receptacle isn’t recommended; never remove the third prong from the plug.
  • Wetness/dampness - never use electric tools in damp or wet areas unless approved for that use; store tools in a dry place.
  • Proper lighting. Operate only in a well-lighted area.
  • Potential tripping hazards.

Portable Abrasive Wheel Tools

Tools used for grinding, cutting, polishing, or wire buffing call for special precautions including, but not limited to:

  • Guards that cover the spindle end, nut, and flange projections.
  • A focus on maintaining proper alignment with wheels.
  • Attention to the strength of fastenings.
  • The use of eye and face protection.
  • Never clamping a handheld grinder in a vise.

Pneumatic Tools

Tools powered by compressed air such as drills, chippers, hammers, and sanders are handy on-the-job pieces of equipment, but again, their use requires precaution. Avoid injuries by adhering to these guidelines:

  • Check for the automatic or visible manual safety features.
  • Mandatory use of eye, head, and face protection as well as hearing protection.
  • Use screens to protect other workers in the area.
  • Never point the tool at anyone.

Liquid Fuel Tools

Tools powered by gasoline bring the added danger associated with the fuel and the fuel’s vapors

  • Exercise care when handling, transporting, and storing fuel;  keep flammable liquids in appropriate containers.
  • Power off before refilling tool.
  • Use in well-ventilated areas.

While the construction industry is an excellent trade, without the proper safety measures, a work site can quickly become an accident waiting to happen. The regulations that accompany the use of power tools and the standards set by OSHA have been established to protect users from those very accidents. Always take a proactive stance when it comes to you and your co-workers safety.

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