How Important is Balance When Using Power Tools?

We've talked often on the blog* about power tools safety and we've produced videos** to that effect also. One area we hadn't given a great deal of thought to is balance when using power tools. This blog post caught our eye, with this statement in particular leaping out;

Make sure that you are maintaining your balance. Make sure that you are wearing footwear that is non slip, and make sure that your footing is always completely secure. Make sure that you grip portable tools firmly to keep them in your grasp so that they do not clatter to the floor, especially while operating. Do not ever reach out too far with a tool, and absolutely never operate a power tool held above your head. Make sure that you are at the level of the work piece rather than below it.

Have you ever given that any thought? What about the area of footwear? How far up your list of PPE and general safety at work does proper footwear come?

All in all, good practical advise. Be safe this week.

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