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    How to safely operate an impact driver


    How to safely operate an impact driver

    Workers in construction or automotive industries, as well as some DIY enthusiasts, often use impact drivers to make their jobs a little easier. In order to use these tools safely and prevent accidental injuries, it is vital to follow a few simple safety precautions.

    Preventing accidents at work

    The first thing to consider when about to use an impact driver is to ensure you have the right type. Basically, there are three different types of impact drivers, namely manual or electric drivers, and pneumatic wrenches.

    Manual impact driver – Used in construction in the past, this is the most challenging impact driver, at least in a physical sense. Now mostly used as an aid when working on DIY projects, the driving action is essentially achieved by striking the tool’s head with a rubber mallet.

    Electric impact driver – Available in corded and uncorded versions, electric drivers use a motor to both drive the bolt or screw, and hammer a shaft to provide extra driving power. Often used in home repair and construction jobs, these tools come in 12, 18 or 20 Volt versions and are comparatively easy to operate.

    Pneumatic impact wrench – Used predominantly by car mechanics, tyre fitters and steel construction workers, these high power tools use highly compressed air to install or remove nuts and bolts in heavy duty jobs, and require air compressors and hoses.

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    Whichever type you intend to use, it is important to familiarise yourself with operating and safety instructions before commencing work in order to prevent potentially serious work accidents.

    Impact drivers and workplace accidents

    Working with power tools makes the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) vital, and impact drivers are no exception to this rule. In order to prevent potential eye injuries, protective goggles or eye shields must be worn at all times when using these tools. For obvious reasons, the more powerful the tool, the more substantial the choice of eye protection must be. Depending on the type of driver used and the job at hand, additional measures to prevent injuries at work include gloves and possibly heavy leather aprons. Naturally, it is of utmost importance to maintain such tools and keep them in good working order.

    Industrial injury compensation

    If you suffered an injury at work because you were not properly trained in the use of a powerful impact driver; were not provided with adequate PPE, or the tool was not maintained properly, you may be able to claim for compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible on 0800 689 0500 to initiate your no win, no fee claim.

    Date Published: January 13, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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