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Safe Use of Pneumatic Tools

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Pneumatic tools are hand tools using compressed air, and include air-powered equipment such as jackhammers, stapling guns, grinders, sanders, and chipping hammers. There are several dangers associated with the use of such tools, so it is important to follow safety precautions when operating them.

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Safe Use of Pneumatic Tools

  1. 1. Safe Use of Pneumatic Tools Classic Hire 421 Carrington Street Hamilton Hill WA 6163 (08) 9336 2500 Pneumatic tools are hand tools using compressed air, and include air-powered equipment such as jackhammers, stapling guns, grinders, sanders, and chipping hammers. There are several dangers associated with the use of such tools, so it is important to follow safety precautions when operating them.
  2. 2. Fastener Safety The most common risk is getting hit by one of the attachments or fasteners used with a tool. This is why it is best to check the tools and make sure that they are fastened securely to the air hose. The use of a locking device or a short wire that will attach air hose to the tool is beneficial for additional safety. Worker Protection Workers also need eye, head, and face protection. Other appropriate personal protective equipment includes work boots with metatarsal guards, hearing protection, and respiratory equipment against dust. It is also beneficial to set up a screen to protect nearby workers from flying fragments around drills, riveting guns, and staplers.
  3. 3. The Use of Jackhammers It is best to remember that using pneumatic tools like jackhammers can cause fatigue and strains. Heavy rubber grips can help reduce the risks by providing a secure handhold. Those who operate jackhammers should also wear safety glasses and shoes to protect them against injury if the tools falls or slips. Noise from Equipment Another hazard associated with pneumatic tools is noise. Workers operating noisy tools like jackhammers need effective use of appropriate hearing protection. It is also best to post shields or screens where exposure to excessive noise is rampant. Amount of Pressure The right amountof air pressure is crucial for the size and type of nail in use. It is important to remember that too much pressure can cause a nail to go straightthroughthe material and cause serious injury to the workers
  4. 4. Other than the important safe use of tool, machine maintenance is also essential. It is important to make sure that the air supplied to the tool is clean and dry. The use of lubricator and in-line regulator filter can help increase the tool’s life. RESOURCES http://www.classichire.net.au/ http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/quick-safety-tips-to-mitigate-air-tool-hazards http://www.pcs.unimelb.edu.au/standards_and_policies/docs/safe_work_procedures/sop/meta l/SOP_033_Pneumatic_hand_tools.pdf

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