No one should use any powered hand tool until they have been trained how to use it safely

Always use the  PPE that is needed, while using the tool. If the tool is to be use on a construction site, or in a damp location, then it should preferably be battery operated; or if a battery tool is not available, then it must be suitable for a 110-volt electrical supply. Power tool

Always check an electrically powered the tool to make sure that it has been P.A.T. tested and that the cable and plug are not damaged in any way. Do not use the tool if it has a damaged cable or plug. Do not tamper with electrical connections - a competent electrician must carry out any electrical repair work that is required.

These simple rules should also be applied to the charger used with battery powered tools.

Guards and safety devices that are fitted to powered hand tools are provided for personal protection and must not be removed or interfered with - it is an offence to do so. Keep guards that are fitted,  in position at all times when using them. Additionally, when using portable electrically powered tools:

  • drape the flex over one shoulder to keep it clear of the work area, while making sure that  there is still enough slack to allow adequate movement;
  • hold the tool lightly in both hands, keeping clear of any moving parts, and maintain a stable stance that gives a good view of the work;
  • stop using it if you notice that you are being affected by hand-arm vibration;
  • do not leave it running when not using it.
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