Portable power tools: Beware of safety risks

The use of portable power tools in the workplace is common. Using these tools may go a long way in allowing you to do your job in an efficient and effective manner.

Depending on your profession, it's possible that you may use portable power tools on a regular basis. This holds true among construction workers, for example.

While the use of these tools is often unnecessary, there's something to remember: Your safety could be at risk if you make even a simple mistake.

With this in mind, here are some general portable power tool safety tips to follow at all times:

  • Never use a tool that is defective or requires maintenance
  • Keep cords away from water, heat and sharp edges
  • Don't use a power tool unless you know exactly what you are doing
  • Read the instruction manual if you have any questions about operation
  • Make others away of when you're using a power tool, so that they can keep their distance
  • Never remove warning labels from a power tool
  • Never carry a power tool by its cord

If you need to use portable power tools to do your job, it's important that you are aware of every potential safety risk. These shouldn't scare you away from using a particular tool, but they should definitely put you on high alert.

In the event of an accident, such as a deep laceration caused by a circular saw, you should stop what you are doing and call for medical assistance. The sooner you receive treatment the better chance you have of minimizing damage.

Once you consult with your medical team, you'll have a better idea of when you can return to work. If you find that you'll be away from your job for several weeks or longer, it's a good idea to learn more about the workers' compensation system and your right to receive benefits. With this money, you'll feel better about your ability to get by financially as you recover.

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