When it comes to operating power tools such as a power drill, there are several essential safety precautions to be adhered to at all times. Whether it is for DIY purposes or part of your regular job task, you need to familiarize yourself with all the ways of keeping yourself and others safe while using the machinery. 

The same goes for teaching others who are working with you on drill-related projects. This does not only apply to inexperienced drillers, as sometimes when you have been operating a tool for many years, but you can also become overly relaxed and nonchalant about safety procedures. So no matter your level of experience, this is for you the next time you have plans to operate a power drill.

What is A Power Drill?

A power drill is a tool that makes round holes through a solid material like wood and cement, using an electric motor to run. It is fitted with parts including a bit, chuck, handle and trigger. The speed and power will vary depending on the type of tool, as well as the technique used. For instance, a lower speed uses more power. The professionals behind drillingadvisor.org say that some power drills also have a reverse function, as well as an ability to hammer. When it comes to choosing a drill to purchase, there are many considerations, including your specific construction needs for the drill, who will be operating it,  the sort of materials you will be drilling into, as well as your budget. 

Safety Protection Gear

Like with any construction project, whether professional or amateur, there needs to be adequate safety equipment worn by all involved. This includes wearing a hard helmet, safety goggles, face shield, steel-toed boots, and, at times, work gloves. These safety-related items are designed to prevent severe damage should an item fall from above your head, or you drop a tool you are operating on yourself. The drills also operate at a high level of vibration so the gloves will help to protect your hands, as well as keep you from dropping the drill. Unfortunately, every year around the world, persons operating power tools both related to their job or personal use, encounter damaging and sometimes fatal accidents. In many cases, the damage could have been prevented by improved protective wear. 

For persons working with power drills on a daily basis, protective ear guards should be worn at all times to prevent hearing damage from the loud, constant sound of the machinery. A dust mask can be worn when working with wood and other materials that offset a large amount of dust into the air. This is in an effort to protect your lungs from damage. The person operating the machinery should also take note of any clothing items or accessories they are wearing that could get in the way and cause a potentially disastrous accident. Unnecessary items include jewelry, impractical outfits, ill-fitting glasses, and hair in the face.

Before You Begin

Before you begin any power drill project, it is essential to read the manual and follow the instructions strictly for use. Never use a damaged drill and make sure you regularly maintain yours, again according to the manufacturer’s guide. Give it a thorough inspection before you begin your work, to check for any minor imperfections or irregularities. In terms of transporting your tools to and from your location, you need to carry them in a proper hard toolbox so as to protect them from becoming damaged or dropped. The same goes for storing after use. Clean the drill and store it away in a dry and good condition.

The Drilling Part

When operating a power drill, it is important to ensure the drill bit is neither bent nor blunt. Before use, you need to ensure the drill vents are empty to prevent overheating and keep it ventilated. When inserting the bit needed for your drill, make sure the power is off and unplugged and your finger is not near the trigger. The same goes for unjamming or fiddling with the drill bit, always unplug before touching.  Make sure you select the correct pieces needed before beginning your project so that you will not be scrambling and reaching for items mid-drill. 

Cords And Clutter

Ensure your cords are out of the way of the area you are working on, as well as making sure the cords are in good condition without any damage. You should also never lift your drill up by its power cord. Clear the surface for working, as well as make sure the surface is stable and there will be no risk of yourself or items moving while you work. Your feet should be in a comfortable, secure, and sturdy position at all times. Do not operate the drill if it is raining and the conditions are wet and slippery. You should hold the drill at a comfortable, vertical angle while in use.

You should always do a small practice hole before beginning your main hole. This is to check everything is in good working order. As you are about to break through a surface, it is wise to slow down your drill speed. You should also begin slowly and then gradually increase the speed as you move through a surface. You should never exceed the warning time limit listed on the drilling instructions so as to not overheat the tool. The same goes for allowing your drill to cool down in between jobs and prevent heat damage. If the manufacturer states it, you can use a special lubrication fluid in between use. Always make sure your chuck is tight and secure before doing any drill work.

If you have a DIY project or work task that requires the use of a power tool like a power drill, there are some safety measures you should learn. These precautions can potentially protect you or others from a dangerous, and possibly fatal, accident. It does not matter whether you have done this without an incident for many years, or if this is your first time, everyone needs to be aware of the safety procedure for operating a power drill.