E-fact 54: Safe maintenance of portable tools in construction
Poorly maintained portable tools in construction (either hand tools or powered tools) present significant health and safety risks to the workers using them. Constant care and adequate maintenance and storage are essential for the safe use of portable tools at construction sites. In practice, this involves daily visual inspections aimed at detecting signs of possible fault. Proper service and maintenance helps eliminating / minimising the hazards and risks related to the use of portable tools, but maintenance of portable tools also bears some specific risks and it has to be done safely. This e-facts provides information on hazards and risks associated with portable tools on construction sites and how to manage those risks.