General Tool Safety Rules

Maintain regularly
Use the right tool for the job
Inspect before use
Operate according to the manufacturer’s instructions
Use the proper personal protective equipment

Use the guards

Select the right tool for the job. Substitutes increase the chance of having an accident. Inspect tools for defects before use. Replace or repair defective tools. Replace cracked, splintered, or broken handles on files, hammers, screwdrivers, or sledges. Maintain tools carefully. Keep them clean and dry, and store them properly after each use. Inspect cords for defects: check the power cord for cracking, fraying, and other signs of wear or faults in the cord insulation. Check for damaged switches and ones with faulty trigger locks. Inspect the plug for cracks and for missing, loose or faulty prongs. Wear safety glasses or goggles and well-fitting gloves appropriate for the hazards to which you may be exposed when doing various tasks.

Unsafe Tool Use can be Deadly!!!

Access to Water | Heat Illness Prevention

  • Potable drinking water must be made available at no cost to the employee. 
  • Maintain, at all times, sufficient quantities of pure and cool potable drinking water (i.e. enough to provide at least one quart per employee per hour for the entire shift).
  • Water must be fit to drink. Water containers CAN NOT be refilled from non-potable water sources (e.g. irrigation wells, sprinkler or firefighting systems). 

  • Care must be taken to prevent contamination of the drinking water supplied to the workers.
  • Implement and maintain effective replenishment procedures when beginning the shift with smaller quantities.
  • Locate the water containers as close as practicable given the working conditions and layout of the worksite. 
  • Keep it readily accessible, move it with the workers! 
  • Encourage the frequent drinking of water.
Remind workers not to wait until they are thirsty!

Chain Saws

The chain saw is one of the most efficient, productive, and dangerous portable power tools used in any industry.  If you learn to operate it properly and maintain the saw in good working condition, you will avoid injury as well as be more productive.

•Chain saws are a great tool for landscapers and arborists.
•Their powerful motors cut through heavy trunks, branches, and brush quickly and easily.
•However, that power also brings danger.
•Safe practices are critical in using chain saws.

Chain Saw Injury Locations
Notice how most injuries occur on the lower left leg and the left arm. 

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