Drill Safety Tips
Using drills is a large part of many construction jobs. You can use a drill for several different jobs. Drill safety tips should be taught to any person that is required to use a drill to do a task while at work.
There are a few types of drills available and each one has a proper way it should be used. It is up to the employer to train all employees how to use them safely and correctly. You can do this by teaching workers simple and easy to remember drill safety tips.
Drill Press Safety Tips
A drill press is mounted on a a bench or connected to the floor. They are preferred over hand held drills when perfectly accurate holes are required. The built in built in table and clamps give you complete control over the piece you are working with at the time.
Below is a list of drill press safety tips that will help keep you safe.
- Before you even begin to use the drill press you should check the drill bit to make sure it is not damaged.
- Also check the clamps and table. look for cracks or breaks. Check to make sure the clamps are secured and cannot be moved.
- Remove any loose fitting clothes such as sweaters or baggy shirts. You should also remove any jewelry and pull back your hair if it hangs down.
- Check all guards and covers before you start the drill.
- Never use a drill bit that is not made to fit into the drill press you are working with.
- Before you begin drilling make sure the piece is secured in place tightly with the clamps.
- If you are cutting a thick piece of wood it is important to lift the drill up often to allow it to cool slightly. If you do it all at one time it can cause the bit to become overheated.
- Keep your fingers at least 3 inches from the drill bit at all times.
- The drill and the area surrounding it should be kept clean at all times.
- Always turn off the drill press before walking away from it.
- Never look away from the drill while it is turned on. You cannot safely multitask while working with a drill. You should even avoid talking to oters while drilling. Your complete attention should be on the drill.
- Do not remove shavings or drill bit immediately after you are done. Give them time to cool down because they are going to be hot.
- To avoid splinters you should use a small brush to wipe up shavings. Using your hands could cause injuries that are unnecessary.
Hand Held Drill Safety
A hand held drill can be even more dangerous than a drill press since it is not stationary. A hand held drill can be used in numerous places and do many more jobs than a standard drill press. It is important to teach employees how to use a hand held drill safely.
- Always read the instruction manual before using a drill for the first tme. This will help you understand exactly how the drill works.
- If it is a corded drill you should always check the plug to make sure it is not damaged in anyway. Look for cuts,tears and frays. If the cord is messed up in anyway you should not use the drill.
- Turn the drill off every time you set it down. Even if it is only for a second.
- Never walk around with the drill while it is turned on.
- Only use drill bits that are made to fit the drill you are using. Drill bits that are made for other drills may not fit correctly.
- Wear goggles when using a drill. They will prevent dust and wood pieces from hurting your eyes.
- Check all wood before you beging drilling. Look for nails and other metals that could fly out and cause injury.
- Before drilling inito walls or floors you should turn off the power in the house. If you hit a live electrical wire will shock you.
- Drills should be stored in rooms that are no colder than 50 degrees and no warmer than 130 degrees. This will help prevent damage from occurring to the drill.
- If you are going to be doing a large amount of drilling it will benefit you to wear a face mask. This will prevent you form beathing in to much wood dust.
- Take your time and do the job safely and correctly the first time.
- Never carry a drill by the power cord.
- Turn off drill before changing drill bits.
If you follow these drill safety tips you and those working with you will be safe all the time.
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