Source : Samuel M. Livingston
Drilling in the construction industry is one of those activities that occur on almost every site. But tunnelling can be as dangerous as it is common.
The most important rule of drilling and cutting safety is to ensure the right tools for the job are used.
The correct bit or blade for the task is also equally important to safety as well as accuracy when cutting, drilling and hammering concrete.
The biggest risk involved with drilling and cutting work is presented by using the incorrect materials for the task. This can result in the bit snapping off and destroying equipment, injuring people in the vicinity and the worker using the tool.
Another aspect of drilling and cutting work is that workers engaging in the task utilise the appropriate PPE as trained and instructed to. Some of the PPE provided should protect their eyes, hands, ears etc. because drilling can be extremely hazardous and also releases dust and particles into the air which can affect workers health.
The small particles emitted by the cutting or drilling process combine with the dust that forms from the concrete cutting and can enter the lungs and affect the breathing. It can also enter the throat and cause irritation or internal injuries. Safety boots will protect the worker’s feet in case of falling concrete which could crush them. Thick padded gloves will reduce worker’s risk of cutting or crushing hands and fingers. Also due to the noise emitted by the process of drilling, earphones or earplugs are another necessity.