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Power Equipment Safety

Using power equipment can become such a routing part of a job that potential hazards may be overlooked. Serious accidents can occur if steps are not taken to identify and eliminate tool-related hazards. 


Potential risks while using power equipment can include falling and flying debris, abrasive objects, splashing liquids and harmful dust, fumes, mists, vapors, or gases. Working conditions should also be taken into consideration before using power equipment. 


Five basic safety rules can help prevent accidents associated with the use of power equipment:

  • Keep all power equipment in good condition with regular maintenance
  • Use the right power tool for the job
  • Examine each tool for damage before use and do not use damanged equipment
  • Operate power equipment according to the manufacturer's instructions
  • Provide and properly use the correct personal protective equipment

Each employee should receive appropriate power equipment safety training to identify hazards and help prevent accidents or injuries.



NIOSH Sound Power Levels Database

OSHA Hand and Power Tools Safety Guide

Power Tool Institute Safety Guidelines


Useful Links

OSHA Nail Gun Safety

Power Tool Institute Tool Specific Guide

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