tool safety

You’ve heard that there’s no substitute for having the right tool for the job. Although that’s true, even the most state-of-the-art equipment won’t work for you if you don’t take precautions to use it safely. When you’re operating any type of machinery, first take the time to learn about its safety features and how to use it properly.

Basic Tool Safety Tips

Pneumatic Tools

To avoid personal injury, be extra cautious when using pneumatic tools. This type of equipment is very forceful because of the air pressure used to power it. Always operate air-powered tools within their recommended pressure levels, and never point them at anyone (including yourself) when they are pressurized. Always release the pressure before disconnecting a pneumatic tool from an air compressor.

Hand and Power Tools

Make sure all the tools in your kit are clean and in good operating condition. Every tool should be inspected for safety on a regular schedule. Keep blades sharp and ensure that all your tools are rust-free. Don’t try to substitute one device for another; that’s a recipe for disaster. When you’re working with power tools, be sure the power cords aren’t near water and that they don’t present a tripping hazard.

Universal Safety Rules

Practice situational awareness to protect yourself and others when working. Pay attention to your surroundings, other workers, and variables such as traffic and weather when applicable. Invest in appropriate personal protective equipment, including gloves, eye protection, and dust masks. If you buy the best equipment that you can afford and then work hard to maintain it, it may help you avoid accidents.

Better Safe Than Sorry

Any time you work with tools, whether manual or powered, take extra time to be safe. Taking shortcuts or being in a hurry puts you at greater risk for an accident and serious injury to yourself or others. Get in the habit of practicing safety precautions from day one. Once you create a habit of protecting yourself while using tools, you’ll be one step closer to avoiding unpleasant mishaps.