DIY Safety in Cambridge
November 5, 2019
Tools & Equipment Hire for Domestic or Professional Construction Work in Cambridge
Most of us need to use tools at some time or other, either for jobs that need doing around the house or for business. There are usually no mishaps if they are used properly and for the purpose they were intended. Tools also have to be working correctly and undamaged, as if not, they are classed as hazardous. A&E departments are used to treating people with cuts, bruises and burns, so it pays to be aware of how to stay safe. Falling from ladders and dropping tools on feet are just a few of the catastrophes that can happen if care isn’t a priority.
Almost 50% of accidents involving power tools arise as a result of mistakes made by the operator. This along with unsafe practices at work are two major causes of unfortunate incidents, which could be avoided. The Health & Safety Executive [HSE] emphasise the importance of following an adequate health and safety policy.
Checks, Inspection and Maintenance
This is a no brainer at Rhinos Plant Hire, where all of the plant machinery, tools and equipment for hire undergo regular inspection. Making sure tools are performing to their best means minimal chance of injury. You will also avoid the inconvenience of tools being out of commission and needing repairs.
Use the Correct Tools for the Job
The correct tool for each job is essential if you want a proper outcome for your project, we can advise on this. You also need to choose the right attachment, such as abrasive wheels, for the task. The appropriate running speed should be set also, to ensure that tools are safe and do not become damaged.
Safety Guards and Protective Clothing
It is crucial to use the proper safety guards for each piece of equipment, which will stop hands, clothes or hair becoming trapped. These safety attachments must not be removed, especially where there are moving parts. Problems with these fittings should be looked at by qualified engineers or mechanics. Operatives should also wear protective clothing, including masks, goggles, gloves, steel toe-capped boots and safety aprons.