Hand & Portable Power Tools (Portable Power Tools, Nail Guns)

Courtesy of Thinkstock Photo #526326121.  Training is the key to safe use of power tools

Training is the key to safe use of power tools.

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Workers in most industries use hand and portable power tools and as part of their job duties, which can expose them to hazards such as the following:

  • Amputations.
  • Broken bones.
  • Cuts/lacerations.
  • Flying debris/dust.

This can lead to workers being hospitalized for their injuries or even death.

Employers need to ensure that workers have been properly trained on the safe use of these tools and determine if personal protective equipment (PPE) is needed. As always, employers should outline these hazards in their required written accident prevention program.

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