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How to Use Electric Power Tools Safely

This 2 minutes safety training video covers: What is the importance of grounding, how to prevent shocks when using power tools, where and when not to use electric tools, why power cords are considered fragile. 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

Grounding is necessary with most electric tools because they have metal housings or other parts that can conduct electricity to your hand. Never bypass the ground by using an adaptor that allow you to plug a tool with the three front plug into a two front ungrounded outlet. Double insulated tools are an exemption they don’t have to be grounded because their electrified parts are thoroughly sealed in non conductive plastic housings. Double insulated tools will always be marked with the label that identifies them. So if the tool has a two front plug but it’s not marked as double insulated, don’t use it.