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)?

 

General
  • Do not use power equipment or tools on which you have not been trained.
  • Keep power cords away from path of drills, saws, knives, grinders.
  • Do not use cords that have splices, exposed wires, or cracked or frayed ends.
  • Do not carry plugged in equipment or tools with your finger on the switch or carry tools by the cord.
  • Disconnect the tool from the outlet by pulling on the plug, not the cord.
  • Do not leave tools that are “On” unattended.
  • Do not handle or operate electrical tools when your hands are wet or when you are standing on wet floors.
  • Do not operate spark inducing tools such as grinders, drills or saws near containers labelled “Flammable” or in an explosive atmosphere.
  • Do not use extension cords or other three-pronged power cords that have a missing prong.
  • Do not use an adapter, such as a cheater plug, that eliminates the ground.
  • Do not drive over, drag, step on or place objects on a cord.
  • Always use the required PPE for the kind of tool that is being used.

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