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Hand Injury Using Cordless Drill

A contract employee was using an 18V cordless drill to cut holes in a metal side panel with a 2-inch hole saw bit.  The location was in a corner beneath a counter top.  The hole saw bit bound causing the drill to twist the contractor's hand.  The contractor's hand may have also hit the back metal panel.  The contract employee received an injury beyond first aid.  This particular 18V cordless drill was equipped with a side handle but was not used for this task.

Factors to consider at your site and/or project include, but not limited to the following:

1. Use the side handle to help stabilize the drill.  2. If the drill is not equipped with a side handle, hold one hand on the handle and one hand on the battery pack.  3. Follow the manufacturer's user manual guidelines.  4. Identify all hazards and communicate to the work crew.

Consider this example as you complete today’s work activities.

Safety Flash Action Items:
  • Date Contractor Safety Flash posted for all employees to review: _______________
  • Safety Talk meeting date: _______________
  • Full employee attendance and participation at safety meeting to review this incident (documentation required).
  • Employees understand urgency in protecting themselves and others.
  • Supervisors and Employees are clear which items shared in this Safety Flash are mandatory.
  • Employees/Supervisors will focus on recommended actions during future work activities of a similar nature.
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THINK about the hazards associated with your particular work, and the steps that can be taken to increase safety on your job.
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