There’s a lot at stake with power tool safety. If you’ve ever actually witnessed a power tool accident, you don’t forget it. Knowing how to work safely with power tools, including saws, drills, sanders, grinders, and more, is an extremely serious topic, because injuries from power tool accidents can be severe and permanent.
Why “Portable Power Tool Safety—Spanish” Matters:
- In one recent year, there were more than 800 U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations for violations of power tools standards (both general industry and construction) with penalties totaling well over half a million dollars.
- There are more than 100,000 hospital emergency room visits each year in the United States due to power tools accidents.
- In California alone, power tool injuries cause more than 1,500 injuries each year that result in lost workdays.
- Don’t use any tool that appears to be damaged or unsafe.
- Make sure all blades, nip points, and moving parts are properly guarded.
- Electrically powered tools should be used only with power cords that are in good condition and properly grounded.
- Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the tool—eye and face protection, hearing protection, and safety shoes.
- If you’re not sure how to use a power tool properly, don’t guess—read the instructions, or ask a supervisor.
- Never lift or carry an electric power tool by the cord.
- Remember that OSHA requires employers to make sure that power tools brought from home meet the same safety requirements as those supplied at work.