Power Tool Safety

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It is impossible to over emphasise the importance of power tool safety.
If used without thought and care, serious injury to yourself and others is very likely to result. Responsibility, not just for you, but also for others exists under Health and Safety at Work and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations so for very logical and more specifically legal reasons, power tool safety should always be a primary consideration.
Power Tool Instruction Guides
Firstly read the safety instructions and plan ahead. Make certain you have the right tool and/or accessory for the task. Stick to the prescribed capacity of the tool and always use any guards supplied. Ensure also the right match of accessory and tool. For example: Is an abrasive wheel's speed compatible with the machine speed rating?
Check for things such as buried services, cabling, water pipes, etc or even stray fixings and fastenings.
Regular Safety Checks
Make sure work that your work area is clean, uncluttered and dry. You should always carefully consider these conditions and never work in the damp or poor light.
Never, ever carry a power tool by the power lead or hose - always pull out by the plug. You should also turn controls to 'off' and remove any chuck keys before attaching to the power supply.
Switch off and disconnect the appliance before adjusting and when changing accessories such as cutters, bits or blades. Regularly check all blades and bits for damage and continue use only if in prime condition.
Essential Tool Protection
Always wear face and eye protection, protective clothes and safety shoes. If working with particularly noisy tools such as power hammers and breaking tools, you should wear effective hearing protection offered by ear defenders. Do not wear loose clothing, neckwear or jewellery whilst operating power tools.
It is important to firmly secure the work piece either with fittings provided on the tool or separately with clamps or similar holding devices in case the accessory snags or jams while making a cut or drilling smaller material.
Safely Storing Power Tools
Do not overreach, it is vital to make certain that you have secure and balanced footing. Always stay alert, avoid distractions and using excessive force and make sure that you use both hands wherever possible. Any extension cables and leads must be the right capacity and of sufficient length.
Always disconnect power tools whenever not in use and store them in a safe place, well away from children.
You should perform regular maintenance and follow the manufacturer's instruction manual guide for lubrication and ONLY if suitably qualified attempt any servicing yourself.
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