Posted by Lynne Skinner at Monday, November 30th, 2020 - 02:08:45 AM in Power Tools
In addition to price tag, over the top operational expenses, for instance, essentials and accessories should also be taken into consideration. Depending on the brand of power tool, these essentials might be sandpaper, belts, blades, bits and other miscellaneous items. Hence, cost of these add-ons should also be monitored, before finalising upon a power tool. Take note that cost of these accessories; vary from one tool manufacturer to another.
Power tool users frequently assume that they know everything there is to know about power tool safety. However, power tools can be extremely dangerous if used improperly. The Consumer Product Safety Commission conducted a survey in 2003 that blamed workshop and indoor power tools for an average of 400,000 emergency room visits a year. This total does not even include injury from tools such as backhoes, mowers and weed trimmers. Statistics such as these show the grim side of power equipment usage and make the need for power equipment safety even more evident. This article is designed to present consumers with a summary of basic safety procedures and safeguards associated with power equipment usage.
Riverside (and the Inland Empire in general) is populated with many manufacturing facilities that are often prone to power tool accidents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes the high number of power equipment injuries that occur every year, and have therefore established regulations on power equipment operation and safety. These regulations fall under Section 5(a)(1) of the OSHA Act (also known as the General Duty Clause), published in Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 1926, Subpart I. This clause requires employers to provide a work environment that is free from the recognized hazards that would harm or kill an employee. In order to limit the chance of power tool injuries, these OSHA guidelines should be followed by any individual using power equipment, and not just those in the work place. If you have been injured while using a power tool, it is imperative that you contact an experienced injury lawyer to review your situation. A Riverside personal injury attorney will be able to determine if the power tool used has any design flaws that prevent it from being safe to use. Additionally, if you were injured in the workplace, an attorney would be able to investigate whether all of the OSHA safety guidelines were being followed.
Today we have the addition of a motor to many devices. Cutting for instance is made much simpler by tools like saws that have motors built in. You can still buy a hand model, but why.
Never use bent, broken, or warped blades or cutters. In addition, the work area should be well lit and clean. Instruction manuals must be followed when lubricating power tools and changing tool accessories. Strong footing and good balance should be maintained when using power tools, and non-slip footwear is recommended. Avoid loose clothing, ties, jewelry, or anything else that could potentially become caught in a power equipment moving parts. Long hair must be tied back. Individuals who use power tools are exposed to the inherent dangers of falling, flying, abrasive, and splashing objects, or to harmful dusts, fumes, mists, vapors or gases. Therefore, safety glasses or goggles with side shields must be worn to protect the eyes against these flying particles. Use a dust mask for dusty operations and hearing protection if you will be using the tool for an extended period of time. Power equipments should be stored when not in use so as to not cause accidental injury. Be sure to dispose of damaged power tools, or clearly label them as damaged.