Machine/Tool Safety


Some suggestions taken from Rebuilding Together’s “Basic Safety Tips For Volunteers” tip sheet and from Habitat for Humanity’s “Construction Safety Policy,” and reprinted with permission.

Only professionals and people who have been trained in their proper use should use power tools. Always wear safety glasses. Never wear loose-fitting clothing that could be pulled into the blade. Remember that most power tool accidents happen after the material has been cut and the tool is in “wind down.” Use tools properly. The most dangerous tool is the screwdriver because it is used incorrectly so often. Never lower or carry a power tool by its cord. Clean tools daily. Power tools should be checked for defective switches, cords, plugs and proper grounding. Defective tools should not be used and should either be reported to the supervisor or labeled and brought to the tool room for repair immediately. (Do not wait until the end of the day.) Personnel should use Personal Protective Equipment including protective glasses and earplugs any time they are operating power tools or when instructed by a supervisor.

To avoid electrical shock, the following rules must be obeyed:

  1. A three-pronged plug must be used on all electric power tools.
  2. Extension cords must not have frayed insulation or be fastened with staples, hung from nails or suspended from wires.