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Power tool electrical safety is critical to avoiding injury and electrocution while working. Power tools are essential for many jobs, but they can also be dangerous if not used properly. One of the biggest risks associated with power tools is electrical shock. In this tailgate safety meeting, we’ll discuss some tips for staying safe when using power tools.
Tip 1: Inspect Your Power Tools for Electrical Safety
Before using any power tool, it’s important to inspect it for damage. Power tool electrical safety starts with checking the cord for any fraying or cuts, and make sure the plug is in good condition. If you notice any damage, don’t use the tool until it’s been repaired.
Tip 2: Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)
GFCIs are designed to protect you from electrical shock. They work by shutting off the power if they detect a ground fault. If you’re using power tools outside, make sure you’re using a GFCI-protected outlet.
Tip 3: Use the Right Extension Cord
Using the wrong extension cord can be dangerous. Make sure you’re using an extension cord that’s rated for the power tool you’re using. If you’re not sure which cord to use, check the tool’s manual.
Tip 4: Keep Your Work Area Dry
Water and electricity don’t mix. Make sure your work area is dry before using power tools. If you’re working outside and it’s raining, wait until the rain stops before using any power tools.
Tip 5: Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PPE can help protect you from electrical shock. Make sure you’re wearing rubber-soled shoes and gloves when using power tools. If you’re working with metal, wear safety glasses to protect your eyes.
Remember, electrical safety is everyone’s responsibility. By following these tips, you can help prevent accidents and stay safe on the job.
The First American Safety Power Tool Electrical Safety poster can help inform your employees on the safe use of their tools.