What Do You Know About Power Tools?

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About 125,000 serious portable and fixed-power saw-related injuries happen every year in America. Each year, nearly 32,000 Americans seek emergency medical care due to table-saw related injuries: more than 3,000 of those visits result in amputations, usually of fingers or hands.

Three of the major causes of power tool injuries are inattention through repetition, an unexpected event and inexperience or over confidence.

Insulation is a primary protection against electric shock, but it can get worn or cracked. 

Inspect it regularly and look for frayed cords on power tools. Replace damaged electrical equipment or have it repaired at an authorized repair center. Replace frayed cords, broken plugs or cracks that could cause hazards; cut off and throw out damaged cords.

The following are some Dos and Don'ts about electrical tools:

-- Plug grounded (3-wire) tools only into ground outlets.
-- Beware of inexperience or overconfidence.
-- Keep tools in good condition and maintain regularly.
-- Use the right tool for the job.
-- Use tools following the manufacturer's instructions.
-- Use the right protective equipment - safety goggles, dust masks, hearing protection, etc.
-- Unplug power tools prior to adjusting them.
-- Use a vise or clamps to secure materials so that you can use both hands to operate the tool.
-- Turn off a power tool and ensure that rotation of blades have stopped before you put it down.
-- Keep your finger off the switch when you carry a plugged-in power tool.

-- Pick up power tools by their power cords.
-- Work with electrical tools when it's raining.
-- Lose concentration when using a power tool.  If you get tired or distracted, take a break until you can focus.
-- Turn on a power tool until guards are in place.
-- Use a malfunctioning power tool - fix it or replace it.
-- Remove or bypass a tool guard.

Power tools range from simple to complex, made in various types and potential to many hazards. 

Injury prevention techniques include; using safe operating practices and maintaining safe working conditions.Understanding the hazards associated with hand and power tools and their injury prevention techniques are critical to improving worker safety.