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How to Protect Yourself and Others from Hazards

This 2 minutes safety training video covers: How to work safely with electric tools, how to prevent yourself from getting injured, how to check your work area for potential hazards, how ordinary hand tools can create danger, what to do when working in a dimly lit area, how to prevent slips, trips and fall, how to avoid distractions when working. 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

It’s dangerous to operate electric tools in areas where fuel or other flammable materials are stored, since the sparks from electric motors can ignite these substances. Ordinary hand tools can also create sparks as they strike objects, so you need to use "spark-proof" hand tools when working around extremely flammable materials. If the area that you are working in is dimly lit, you should set up portable lights to make it easy to see what you are doing. Make sure that coworkers are at a safe distance from flying debris and other hazards.Cordon off your work area with caution tape if necessary. You can be seriously injured if you trip and fall with a tool in yourhand, so keep the floor in your work area neat and clean as well. Tool injuries often occur when workers become distracted.