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How to Prevent Power Tools Kickback

This 2 minutes safety training video covers: How kickbacks occur, how to prevent kickbacks, how to protect yourself from kickbacks, how to safely change blades or bits, what is the proper way of using and keeping power tools. Click here to watch the 18 minutes full length version.

The Full-Length Version is Available on DVD!

Hand and power tools allow construction workers to perform tasks that they could never do without them. But tools can also be dangerous. Injuries involving hand and power tools send almost half a million people to the emergency room every year and cause a significant number of fatalities as well.

Atlantic’s training products on "Hand and Power Tool Safety in Construction Environments" discuss hand and power tool hazards, and show employees the equipment and safe practices they can use to prevent injuries on a job site.

All of the products... the new "Micro-Learning" and full-length online courses as well as the DVDs and interactive CD courses... discuss topics that are integral to employees" understanding of these issues.

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Video Transcript

"Kick-backs" occur when a tool’s blade or bit binds up in the material that is being cut, and the force of the motor drives the tool towards you. This can result in a serious laceration, even an amputation. You shouldn’t have to exert much pressure on a power tool to make itwork. If it feels like a tool is "fighting" you, the cutting edge may be getting dull. Use carbide-tipped blades and bits whenever possible. If the blade is sharp, the problem may be with the material. For instance, wood can be difficult to cut if it has big knots or it is wet, so choose your stock carefully.