Mankind has been using rudimentary tools since our species started evolving. With their evolution into modern, more efficient power tools, another change has taken place – their operation has become more dangerous. Evidently, well-informed persons are sheltered from any type of injury as they are aware of proper use. Regardless of your skill level, whether you are an amateur or a professional when it comes to DIY projects that involve the use of power tools, you have to get better acquainted with them and their safe use to stay out of harm’s way.
In the category of power saws, we include table saws, circular saws, and chainsaws. All of these power tools represent a great hazard under reckless use, so you must closely follow the instructions gives in the following passages to stay safe.
Circular saws are capable of spinning their outer edge at approximately 120 miles per hour. When used incorrectly, serious injuries appear. Unfortunately, statistics show that approximately 30 percent of reported saw injuries are a result of improper circular saw use.
- Clamp the saw and keep both hands on it;
- Wear protective gear on your eyes;
- Keep the tip teeth from protruding past the thickness of the workpiece.
The blade of this power tool usually spins at approximately 3500 rotation per minute, the outside edge reaching approximately 110 miles per hour. Each year, improper use of table saws makes up for approximately 60000 injuries.
- Use a featherboard to protect your fingers;
- Use a splitter to avoid kickback;
- Wear safety glasses.
Injuries linked to these tools are all caused by a reckless or improper use. Alas, some people seem to not learn their lesson considering that approximately 30000 chainsaw injury cases are reported each year.
- Closely follow operational instructions;
- Wear quality boots and gloves;
- Protect your eyes from splinters by wearing goggles;
- Turn off the power tool when changing its direction away from the workpiece.
Routers are widely considered as being the most powerful tools in the woodshop. What adds to the danger in use of these power tools is the fact that they spin, at fast speeds, sharp carbine-tipped bids. The router attaches to a router table that allows for a safe and convenient operation. Clamp it down securely to the router table and the tool is guaranteed to sit in place throughout the entire unfolding of the woodworking project.
- Keep a cautious distance between the bit and your hands;
- Check for the bit to be correctly chucked;
- When making adjustments, unplug the router;
- Don’t rush – rout in a series of passes;
- Wear proper safety gear – goggles, gloves, dust mask.
Regardless of the tool’s size, what you shouldn’t forget is that the powerful compressed air used by the nail gun when firing nails is hazardous to your well-being when improper use ensues. Woefully, amateur DIYers make up the highest percentage of nail gun related injuries, more precisely approximately 40% of these cases. Considering how each year there are over 40000 documented injury cases, it’s an alarming number that must be lowered through proper tool use.
- Wear safety goggles at all times;
- Cover your ears – the tool can get quite noisy;
- Keep your fingers and hands away from places where misfired nails could end up.
Air compressors become especially dangerous when they’re not properly maintained. There are slight chances for tank ruptures to occur, it’s undeniable, but in case this unfortunate event takes place, injuries when operating air compressors inevitably occur. This unwanted circumstance unfolds when rust eats away at the tank inside-out. Of course, other things can go wrong with the compressor as well. For example, a very common occurrence is when the brass connectors slip or when they’re not properly seated. This leads to them flying off due to the powerful pressure.
- Do regular maintenance checkups;
- Try to stay clear from the brass collectors when using the tool;
- Periodically check for rust.
These tools are used for the task of smoothing surfaces through the process of abrasion. The power tools use sandpaper for the task, featuring a mechanism that allows the user to quickly detach or attach sandpaper when needed. What makes the tool appealing is the fact that it can either by handheld or fixed onto a workbench when operating it. There is a plethora of different types of sanders, each designed for unique purposes – orbital sanders, flap sanders, oscillating spindle sanders, belt sanders, drum sanders, detail sanders, and so on. What they all have in common are proper and safe use techniques that we will immediately list.
- Unplug the sander when replacing sandpaper;
- Wear protective eye material;
- Place the sander on the workpiece before you start it;
- Don’t remove the tool from the workpiece before turn it off;
- Check for the dust ventilation system to be alright.