8 general safety tips for using hired tools

27 December 2016

Even if you’re experienced in the use of power tools, safety precautions are essential to prevent accidents. If you’ve opted for tools for rental it is your responsibility – and not that of the tool rental company – to ensure that you follow correct operating procedures. These safety tips will help you avoid unnecessary accidents:

 

  1. Use the right tool for the job

Don’t try to use a tool not suited to the work you are doing. It is extremely affordable to hire a new tool for a specific task, so contact Talisman Plant and Tool Hire for access to a wide range of tools for rental.

 

  1. Read the instructions

Always read a tool’s instruction manual. Different models of power tools may require different safety precautions that you need to be aware of.

 

  1. Dress with protection in mind

Wear safety goggles, hard hats and other protective clothing where appropriate. Avoid anything that ‘hangs down’ such as jewellery or scarves that can become tangled. Long hair should be tied back.

 

  1. Cool down before refuelling

If you’re using a petrol-powered tool, allow the engine to cool down thoroughly before refuelling. Accidentally spilling flammable petrol onto a hot engine is a recipe for disaster.

 

  1. Careful when carrying tools

To prevent accidentally turning a tool on, don’t carry power tools and equipment with your fingers near the power switch.

 

  1. Don’t yank the cord

When unplugging electrical power tools, avoid damaging the wires by unplugging carefully, and not ‘yanking’.

 

  1. Switch off and unplug

Make sure power tools are switched off and unplugged when not in use, and stored appropriately. Similarly, petrol operated tools should be drained of all fuel before storage.

 

  1. Keep out of reach of children

When not in use, all tools should be stored well away from where children can reach them.

 

To hire power tools and equipment from a reliable tool rental company, contact Talisman Plant and Tool Hire today.