2010 Safety Tip
Tools have always
been indispensable helpmates, and a good set of hand tools is essential
for any farm shop, machinery or facility repair. Unfortunately, tools
also contribute to countless injuries when used incompetently.
Use the correct tool for
Keep tools in good condition.
Handles should be tight and free from defect. Cutting tools should
be kept sharp. Wedges and punches should be free from "mushroom
Use and maintain power
tools according to their instructions.
Make sure power tools are
properly grounded or are double insulated. Never cut the three-prong
plug off or use a two prong adapter.
Switch off and unplug power
tools before changing blades or servicing and repairing.
Wear clothing with no strings
or loose ends to catch on things.
Wear appropriate personal
protective equipment (PPE), such as glasses, goggles, dust masks,
face shields, hearing protection, etc.
Keep bystanders at a safe
Keep all guards and shields
in place. Learn to use a "push stick" with table saws.
- Unplug and put tools away
after use. Consider locking out power tools to prevent
others from using them without permission, especially young children.
- Are tools in safe condition?
- Are instruction manuals
- Are power tools properly
- Are guards and shields
- Is PPE available?
- Are tools put away and