TOOLBOX TALK 59/60
TOPIC: PORTABLE ELECTRICAL TOOLS – PART 2 OF 2
OBJECTIVE: TO ENSURE THE SAFE USE OF PORTABLE ELECTRICAL TOOLS
Tell your crew to check their own power tools for obvious defects:
- Is the cord cracked or frayed?
- Has the case cracked or is it bent from abuse?
- Is the extension cord three wire and is the third prong in place?
- If they are not satisfied with its appearance or operation, they should turn it back in for repairs.
- Warn them not to try to repair it themselves!
- Remind them that if extension cords are used on site, they must be rated for heavy or extra-heavy-duty service. The cord should also be protected from mechanical damage.
Questions you can use to get them talking:
- Do any of your tools have frayed cords where they enter the tools?
- How many of you have been injured with a power tool? What happened?
- Could an extension cord be cut in a door or opening?
- Do all tools/cords have a third prong (except double insulated)?