1. Saftey consciousness is vital for DIY and building
When you make the bold decision to build something as a qualified builder or as a DIY’er it is important to step back on every task, to think about what you are doing and what tool you are using so you can identify, isolate/ remove, or minimize any potential safety issues or obvious hazards. Before an accident occurs.
Safety can be improved with safer construction and building methods, a safer cleaner workspace layout, appropriate training, and picking the safest tool or piece of equipment for the job. And of course wearing the appropriate PPE gear when necessary like safety glasses, steel cap boots, hearing and lung protection.
Safety can also be extended to working practices that look after your long-term body posture. And reduce the chances of repetitive strain injury (RSI).
1. Only operate tools you are comfortable with
Before using any building equipment or power tool you are not professionally familiar with or have been trained to use by a professional you need to find someone with qualified experience to guide you and watch you in action in real life when you first start to use it, to inherit safe working habits.
Someone with the right experience can generally tell if you are safely using a tool or not by watching you, this advice can greatly reduce your chances of injury or death.
All new apprentices on the building site are watched when operating tools they are not yet confident or familiar with. Bad technique is the leading reason for accidents and it is easily noticed and fixed by others before an accident occurs.
2. Check with manufacturers and wear PPE
Before using any tools, products, or equipment you should always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions, warnings, and your local safety policies.
Wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) as specified, and never do something you are not comfortable and confident to do when it comes to the safety of yourself or others. Even on the ‘jobsite’. Your hourly rate is not worth risking your life for. Tell your boss to not be so cheap if he’s talking shortcuts.
3. How we help you with tool safety
Here at Banging Toolbox, both Aaron and David are in the trade and have experience using the full range of power tools and hand tools available.
Tool safety is a factor that goes into all of the tool guides and recommendations here.
We share tips and preferences for safe tool choice and building methods. Although it is important to know that just like any online building resource we can never replace someone in real life with building and tool-specific experience guiding you.
4. The reality
Accidents always have a probability of happening even if they are greatly reduced with proper training, safer equipment choice, and safer building methods.
That is why it is important to always improve your procedures and equipment and look at safety as sometimes to always improve. Building and construction safety is an ongoing process of being highly conscious throughout your activities and taking necessary action to eliminate risks or to aggressively minimize them before they happen.
Stay continually informed. Step back before starting each task to think about it, and be prepared in case an accident does happen.
- Never work alone.
- Know what you are doing.
- Step back and think of risks before you start every new task.
- Plan to get training in first aid.
- Always have a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher in your workspace.
- Know where the closest defibrillator is located and the phone number of its location (Supermarkets usually).
5. Start conservatively
If you are new to DIY don’t go straight for the biggest power tool, get practice with safer alternatives like hand tools or cordless tools. As you get more skills and experience you can slowly open up your garage to having more powerful equipment on hand to help you get your jobs done.
Cordless power tools are safer?
Cordless power tools are less powerful but they are a safer tool choice because they are easier to control, while also being more convenient and able to get the job done.
Cordless power tools can still be dangerous incorrectly used, however. Hand tools are the best way to get started to get your coordination skills sufficient first. Before moving to power tools.
6. Licences and legislation
The are many laws and legislation around safe building practices in a commercial environment. However, when it comes to DIY and home repairs you need to take safety into your own hands, it is your responsibility to keep yourself safe.
Power tool licenses
Some power tools have an option for getting a license for operating them but they are mostly optional rather than a requirement for home and DIY settings.
Nailguns have an option for a license, but this is just an option, you generally do not need a license to buy or use a nailgun.
However Power accrued fasteners for shooting into concrete or steel for example need a license, and some models are banned in some countries.