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Power Tool Safety | Print |  Email

Electrical safety at the work site

Portable Power tools

Work sites are full of portable power tools. To keep your work site and yourself safe, maintain tools, and use them properly. Safe Electricity has the following tips to keep your workplace safe.

  • Never carry a tool by the cord.
  • Never yank the cord to disconnect it from the receptacle.
  • Keep cords away from heat, oil, and sharp edges (including the cutting surface of a power saw or drill).
  • Disconnect tools when not in use, before servicing, and when changing accessories such as blades, bits, etc.
  • Avoid accidental starting. Do not hold fingers on the switch button while carrying a plugged-in tool.
  • Use gloves and appropriate safety footwear when using electric tools.
  • Store electric tools in a dry place when not in use.
  • Do not use electric tools in damp or wet locations unless they are approved for that purpose.
  • Keep work areas well lighted when operating electric tools.
  • Ensure that cords from electric tools do not present a tripping hazard.
  • Remove all damaged portable electric tools from use and tag them: "Do Not Use."
  • Use Double-Insulated Tools.

If you use extension cords, make sure the cords are well maintained and in good working order.  Keeping these safety tips in mind can help keep you and your co-workers safe at your work site.