Power Tool Safety

Posted by Matt Bushey in #YHSafetyTips, Sep 27, 2017

Power Tool Tips

Using tools that run on electricity, pneumatic, liquid fuel, powder actuated, or hydraulic power can be very dangerous and certain precautions need to be taken in to consideration.

  • Wear good eye protection and gloves
  • Wear proper apparel for the task. Loose clothing, ties, or jewelry can become caught in moving parts.
  • Retardant coverings.
  • Inspect tools before and after use according to manufacturers instructions
  • Store tools in a safe place
  • Secure work with clamps or a vise, freeing both hands to operate the tool.
  • Maintain tools with care; keep them sharp and clean for best performance.
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Stand on solid suface
  • Use a quality tool if possible

Use the following types of tools with caution and follow the additional recommendations.


  • Check tool for excessive wear and tears on the cord
  • Keep a clear walk way with the cords to prevent a tripping hazard
  • Carry tools by handles and not cords
  • Use a GFCI or other grounding program
  • Floors must be dry while using tool
  • Do not use in wet conditions unless the tool clearly is approved for that use
  • Never leave the tool unattended


  • Check that all fasteners are tightened down
  • Use retainers or clips to prevent attachments from being ejected during operation
  • Never leave the tools unattended
  • Do not point air gun at anyone
  • Eye protection is required
  • Noise is another hazard associated with pneumatic tools. Working with noisy tools such as jackhammers requires proper, effective use of appropriate hearing protection.

For more information on tools safety, go to OSHA’s site and search power tools.
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