Using tools at home, even if you have hired them, can be hazardous. Read this advice carefully - it could prevent you from being injured.
Choose personal protective equipment and tools which have a third-party certificate mark, e.g. the BSI Kitemark, for added safety. The shop staff should be able to advise you on this.
You will be better protected using models which have a chain brake. This stops the saw instantly if the blade kicks back and significantly decreases the chance of serious injury.
Other safety features to look for are:
Also look for handles spaced at least 9 inches apart to give good control. Use a visor or goggles, ear defenders, helmet, ballistic trousers/leggings,ankle protectors/gaiters, ballistic gloves, boots with steel toecaps.
An RCD for machines fed directly from the mains i.e. not through a transformer.
Use goggles, gloves, dust mask and ear defenders. An RCD for machines fed directly from the mains i.e. through a transformer.
The safer models have two-handed controls, a blade-stopping time of less than 0.5 seconds and blade extensions (these reduce the risk of fingers getting trapped between the blades). Use goggles, strong gloves, ear defenders, an RCD for machines fed directly from the mains i.e. through a transformer.
Make sure the cable is in good condition and that neither the hose nor the tank are leaking. The wheels/castors should be securely fitted and run smoothly. Use heavy duty gloves. An RCD for machines fed directly from the mains i.e. through a transformer.
Use gloves, ear defenders, goggles, dust mask. An RCD for machines fed directly from the mains i.e. through a transformer.
DEMOLITION DRILLS AND BREAKING EQUIPMENT
Use goggles, gloves, dust mask and ear defenders in all cases. An RCD for machines fed directly from the mains i.e. through a transformer.
OTHER DRILLING EQUIPMENT
Half inch percussion drills, electric or cordless drills, electric engineers drills, and electro-pneumatic drills - always use an RCD with mains equipment and protect your eyes with safety goggles. If dust is likely to be a problem, e.g. when drilling brick, wear a dust mask as well.
Gloves and dust masks should always be used. Helmets should be used except with portapack gas welding kit. Welding goggles or welding face shield should be used except with a spot welder or a MIG welding unit. Ear defenders should be used with a petrol welding unit. An RCD for machines fed directly from the mains i.e. through a transformer.
Erect only on firm ground, using the adjustable feet to make sure that the scaffold is vertical. Tie in to building if more than 3.25m high for a 1.3m x 1.3m base. Always use a helmet and gloves.
Get help when putting up a large ladder. Don’t lean the ladder on a guttering or other narrow or plastic features. (Hire a stand-off and fit to ladder before putting up ladder). Position with the base 1m out from every 4m of height. Wear stout shoes with a good grip.
You will be better protected by choosing a brush-cutter with heavy duty nylon line, rather than a metal blade. You will also be better protected using models with a throttle lock-off switch, wide guarding to protect the user/bystanders from flying debris, a clutch,, and good balance (as provided by a lower handle, for example). Use gloves and safety goggles or visor with all models, ear defenders with petrol-driven models and an RCD for machines fed directly from the mains i.e. through a transformer.
Use goggles, gloves, dust mask and ear defenders.
THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT YOU NEED WILL DEPEND ON WHAT YOU HIRE.
THE TOOL HIRE SHOP WILL ADVISE YOU.
(*RCD stands for Residual Current Device. It can help protect you against electric shocks caused by faults on the cable or equipment. It must be plugged straight into the mains socket so that it also protects any extension cables).
REMEMBER to check the equipment for signs of damage, including electric cables and plugs. If it is not in good condition DON’T ACCEPT IT.
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