Renting power tools or electrical appliances
Basic Rules of Hand & Power Tool Safety
Use the right tool for the job
Hand and power tools are made differently depending on their function. Choosing the tool appropriate for the job is necessary to avoid incidents and injuries. For example, a chisel is made for carving or cutting materials such as wood, stone, or metal, and using it any other way is not efficient or ideal and can lead to injury. If you will use a chisel as a replacement screwdriver, the tip may break and fly off, which might cause minor injury or even blindness.
Examine each tool for damage before use and do not use damaged tools
Checking and inspecting hand and power tools to determine defective or damaged equipment before renting them from other users is crucial. Damaged equipment can be very dangerous, therefore it is crucial that if you suspect that a piece of equipment is not in good working condition that you do not rent it.
Operate tools according to the manufacturers’ instructions
Before renting a power tool or electrical appliance make sure the lender has provided the manufacturers instructions. Equipment manuals help guide you on how to handle and operate tools as intended. It is important that you read and comply with manufacturers’ guides to avoid mishandling of tools that lead to otherwise avoidable accidents.
Provide proper personal protective equipment (PPE)
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is anything used or worn by a person (including clothing) to minimise risks to the person’s health and safety. This may include hearing protection, eye protection, protective clothing, and safety harness systems. PPE helps in ensuring your safety by reducing the overall physical hazards caused by power tools. When renting power tools make sure you wear the appropriate PPE to minimise the risk of injury. We ask that our lenders provide renters with the appropriate PPE if possible. If a lender doesn't have PPE available please make sure you source this yourself before using the equipment.
12 Safety Precautions to Follow When Using Hand and Power Tools
It is important that you have adequate knowledge of handling these tools so they are used solely for their specific function. Protective equipment can also serve as an additional defence against tool hazards. Below are safety precautions to follow when using hand and power tools:
Do not operate power tools unless you have proper training.
Work in a spacious area and be aware of the people around you.
When working at heights, use a bucket or bag to hoist tools from the ground.
Use a toolbox when carrying pointed tools. Do not put them in your pocket.
Report damaged tools immediately.
Carry power tools carefully and not by their cables.
Check weather conditions when working with electric tools outside.
Do not play with hand and power tools.
When using a power tool, do not leave it unattended.
Electric tools or equipment should only be used if tagged and tested.
Electric power tools must be double-insulated or properly grounded.
Electric tools or equipment should be repaired only by qualified persons.
Testing and tagging electrical appliances
Testing and tagging electrical appliances is one useful way to check electrical equipment is safe. However, it's not mandatory. What is legally required is that equipment is electrically safe and maintained in a safe condition. Testing and tagging doesn't guarantee future electrical safety, what it does is provide a snapshot of how safe the appliance is at the time of testing.
At Mutu, the safety of our users is a priority and we recommend only renting items that have been tagged and tested. We ask our lenders who regularly lend electrical appliances to engage with a third-party like Jims Test & Tag or Metro Test to carry out the testing.
Stay safe and happy sharing from the Mutu team!