Power tools

Power tools

There has been a recent spate of hand injuries sustained by workers using hand power tools. All of which have resulted in serious lacerations to hands and fingers. The investigations conducted by the Health and Safety Team identify a number of recurrent findings.

These are:

  • Equipment is not tested and tagged or tags are out of date
  • Safety equipment has been removed. For example grab handles on portable grinders
  • Incorrect blades being used, for example timber blades when cutting metals and plastics

Using your tools

Your induction training provides information on hand held tools and what is expected if you are required to use hand held electrical tools.

If you have been advised by your Recruitment Consultant to provide your own power tools you must only use equipment that is fit for purpose has a current electrical tag and fitted with the requisite safety equipment.

If equipment is not tagged or safety equipment is removed you will be issued with a breach notice to action within a prescribed timeframe.

Using a client’s tools

Guards - Guards need to be fitted to prevent exposure to moving blades. There is no excuse for using a
saw or grinder that has no guard.

Handles - Grab handles need to be fitted to hand held grinders. The absence of grab handles creates instability, loss of control when cutting and risk of injury.

Blades - Blades need to be suitable for the material being cut. Ensure the speed rating for the blade is higher than the rating of the tool being used.

Tested and tagged - Safe Work Australia guidelines provide hand held power tools must be tested and tagged at least every 3 months. This may be less with some clients. If you do not know the testing obligations on site, find out and ensure you comply.

Fit for purpose - Are you using the correct tool for the job and is there any margin for error when cutting?

What to expect from Hays

Hays will be undertaking inspections of hand held power tools provided by temps in the coming months. If equipment is not tested, fitted with safety guards and grab handles or has the incorrect type of blade you will be issued with a notice and corrective actions identified in the notice will need to be taken before you are allowed to continue work.

Hazard reporting

To report a hazard, please contact the Health and Safety team at Hays, they can be contacted on 1800 786 057. You can also report a hazard by speaking to your consultant.