Where Would We Be Without Them 11/13/23

Safety E-Quick Tip

OWYN Safety Mgmt Platform

Where Would We Be Without Them

We all know how handy portable power tools are, both at work and even at home. They make our lives easier by getting things done quicker and better.

But let’s not forget about something important amidst all that power and speed: our safety!

You see, these tools are called power tools for a reason, and that power can sometimes get us into trouble.

We’ve got tools powered by electricity, gas, air, and batteries nowadays, and they just keep getting better. But it’s essential to be aware of the potential hazards they bring.

When it comes to electric tools that require plugging in, most of them are double insulated to protect against shocks. But think about it: they’re plugged into electrical outlets and often connected through extension cords. That means tripping hazards and electrical risks if you’re not using a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI).

Gas-powered tools like those chain saws, we know how things can go wrong there.

The power of compressed air in pneumatic tools can cause some real damage if mishandled.

And with battery-operated tools, we do reduce tripping and electrical hazards, except for the safe use of batteries in terms of storage and charging.

Now, let’s talk about the one thing they all have in common: power. In just a split second, that power can lead to serious injuries like finger amputations, nails getting driven into the body, or metal fragments flying into your eyes before you even have a chance to blink.

While power tools can help us work faster and better, they can also be risky if not used properly.

So, here’s the deal: read those operator manuals, use the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they recommend, avoid removing safety guards (even if it seems easier), don’t bypass safety devices, and remember that 110 volts can be fatal.

By following these precautions, you’ll be in a perfect position to take full advantage of the benefits that portable power tools offer – both at work and at home.

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Employee QuickTip

You’ve got to love those power tools. But you also have to respect them.  Something as simple as the drill requires your full attention when you’re using it. Don’t let a sprained wrist from kickback keep you off the job for the next week. 

Aways know and understand the hazards asociated with the tools you’re working with.

Employer/Management QuickTip

Make sure the tools your employees are working with are in good working order. Your job will get done quicker and your employees will go home at the end of the day in the same shape they arrived.

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Thanks for Reading and Please – “Be Safe this Week”.