Published at Monday, 07 January 2019. Industrial Machinery. By Adriene Michel.
The following suggestions will enable you to observe good working practices, keep yourself and fellow workers safe and maintain your tools and equipment in good working order.
Mains Powered Tools
These engines are supplied with attached 16 Amp. plug and 3 core power cable. Before using the engine inspect the cable and the plug to make sure that neither are damaged. If any injury is visible have the tool inspected/repaired by a suitably qualified person. If it is necessary to replace the plug, it is preferable to use an ‘unbreakable’ type that will resist injury on site. Only use a 16 Amp plug and make sure the cable clamp is tightened securely. Fuse as required. If extension leads are to be used, carry out the same safety checks on them and ensure that they are correctly rated to safely supply the current that is required for your engine.
Make sure when the engine is placed that it sits firmly on the floor; that it does not rock and is sufficiently clear of adjacent obstacles so that cutting operations will not be impeded. Check you have adequate clearance both in front of and behind the engine when cutting long timber.
The engine is not considered for sub-aqua operation, do not usage when or where it is liable to become wet. If the engine is set up in the open, and it starts to rain (unusual though this would be in U.K.), cover it up or move it into the dry. If the engine has got wet, dry it off as soon as possible with a cloth or paper towel.
Keep the engines clean; it will enable you to more easily see any injury that may have occurred.
Clean the engine with a damp soapy cloth if needs be, do not use any solvents or cleaners as these may cause injury to any plastic parts or to the electrical components.
Keep the work zone as uncluttered as is practical, this includes workers as well as material. It is good practice to leave the engine unplugged until work is about to commence, also make sure to unplug the engine when it is not in use or unattended.
Always disconnect by pulling on the plug body and not the cable. Once you are ready to commence work, remove all tools used in the setting operations (if any) and place safely out of the way. Re-connect the engine.
Make sure you are comfortable before you start work; balanced, not reaching etc.
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