Each and every day you will have access to using dangerous tools, but should this really be allowed? Certain tools should only be used by specialists; this is because you will need to have some sort of knowledge on how the tool works and past experience using similar tools so you can understand how to handle the tool safely.
Many professionals such as carpenters and manufacturers will agree that there should be some sort of rule in place to prevent the general public buying and using dangerous tools. Each year thousands of people will go to hospital with life threatening injuries due to not using equipment safely.
There are many safety rules that are in place for using tools; however most of the general public will not even consider abiding by these rules. The number of professional woodworkers and qualified carpenters being injured as a result of using dangerous tools has not risen, it is just the general public and each and every year this number is increasing.
For some reason, much of the public seem to think they are inferior to injury, this is when accidents happen. You are always told to take your time when using tools and machinery and not rush into it.
Before you use any tools or machinery you should always make sure:
- Always read the instruction manual before use.
- Make sure you understand how to use the tool/machine.
- If this is the first time you are using the tool, make sure you are being supervised.
- Understand how to stop the tool in an emergency.
- Understand how to use the tool safely.
As well as understanding how to use the tool properly, there are some other safety tips you should follow:
- Always wear safety goggles when using tools.
- Always wear safety gloves when using tools.
- Wear protective clothing if necessary.
- Tie all your hair up and remove any jewellery.
- Wear a hard hat if appropriate.
What Is Classed As A Dangerous Tool?
You may be wondering what is actually classed as a dangerous tool, you should think of a dangerous tool as anything that can put you at risk of an injury. The severity of danger may change depending on the tool, the more danger it imposes the more cautious you should be.
Most people will not even class ladders as a tool; however between 1990-2005 more than 2 million people were sent to hospital after an injury happened when using ladders. Other dangerous tools can include saws, drills, grinders, sanders etc.
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