Friday, May 1, 2020

Risk Assessment for Use of Power Tools

With the rapid advancements of the technology in every field of construction, new and innovative machinery, equipment and tools were also dominated the construction engineering sector. Now we can find various power tools are found on all construction sites, maintenance, repair and installation activities. Besides the commercial usage of all such power tools, individually, every home has various power tools. With the help of these electrical tools, work has become easy and time reduced to a very low level, in other words, it has saved the time with less physical efforts.
However, with such benefits of these power tools, they also impose a very serious risk to human life in the shape of physical, environmental, etc. The heavy Power tools can cause severe and fatal accidents due to a minor operator’s errors and or mistakes. Each year, a huge part of the workforce involved in several accidents and fires each year, so it is important to make it better and provide all sort of training for the safe use of power tools before you start work.
Before usage of the safe power tools, it must be made possible to provide appropriate operation inductions to the operator, all standard operating procedures, rules and regulations must be followed as per the states where the activities are being operated e.g., in the UK, all of such activities are regulated, monitored and is covered under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER), and as such types of employers have their legal duty to comply with these regulations of the countries while using power tools and other equipment within their establishment.
Most of the Power tools present various hazards such as noise, vibration, electrical, and entanglement in the moving parts and they have the higher potential to cause severe and even fatal injury if used incorrectly by the operators.

The Safe Use of Power Tools:

The following considerations and steps are required to make safe and secure of your workforce as being as an employer.

The Tool

The right tool for the right job must be practiced. Each tool should be suitable for the job is being carried out. Utilizing the wrong tool for a task can impose mechanical and or electrical stress that causes the equipment to become unsafe and could lead to severe fatal injuries even to the death or limb damage for entire life.
Before using the power tool, faults must be checked and do not use such defective tools as any damage to the casing or faulty switches, plugs, wire insulation etc. Always check that the outer cover of the equipment is not damaged or deteriorated in a way that will give electrical or mechanical hazards.
Being a user of the equipment, always keep the tool well maintained and PAT by manufacturer’s instructions. Regular visual inspections by the user and more formal checkups must be in place. This will help in the identification of problems with tools before they become unsafe.

Usage of Tools Accessories

To minimize the risks from the power tools, all accessories used with such tools e.g., blades, discs and drill bits can burst and break if they are not up to the job requirements.The right accessories for each of the tools should be used, for example, if you are cutting concrete, you need to use a blade or disc that is only designed for cutting concrete, and not one for wood. Wrong use of accessories can also increase vibration and noise levels harming the health of the operator. Always use the right accessories for the right tool, material and environment.

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Risk Assessment for Use of Power Tools

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