Cartridge-operated tools TBT


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    Reason Cartridge-operated tools are potentially lethal if used recklessly or incompetently.
    Why Don’t mess with cartridge tools – they can kill.
    Outline This talk will cover checks before use, safe use, hazards and after use of cartridge tools.

    Before using cartridge tools
    1. You must be trained, over 18, with a certificate of authority.
    2. Read the maker’s instructions carefully before using the tool.
    3. Load the tool with the barrel pointing away from you.
    4. Never walk around with a loaded tool, load on site.
    Q: Before using a cartridge tool, what should you do?

    Hazards when using cartridge tools
    1. Using a cartridge that is too powerful for the task.
    2. Voids in the structure being fired into.
    3. Material being fired into is too thin.
    4. Changes in the consistency of material.
    Q: What is through penetration caused by?
    5. Firing into hole of previously attempted fixing.
    6. Trying to fix into excessively hard material.
    7. Tool not held square to surface.
    8. Fixing too near the edge of material.
    Q: What are the main reasons for ricochets?

    Safe use of cartridge tools
    1. Always wear PPE when using cartridge-operated tools.
    2. Hold the tool at right angles to the job when firing.
    3. Check the material into which bolt is to be fired. Carry out a test fire first. Check there is nobody behind the target.
    4. Allow at least 75 mm from edges of concrete or brickwork.
    Q: How far from the edge of concrete should the tool be?
    5. Ensure the complete splinter guard is resting on the work surface.
    6. Never place your hand over the end of the barrel.
    7. In the event of a misfire, wait a minute, then refire it. If nothing happens, wait a further minute before unloading.
    Q: What should you remember about the splinter guard?
    After use
    1. Keep the tool clean and well oiled.
    2. Never leave the tool loaded when not in use.
    3. Cartridges to be kept under lock and key in a safe place.
    Q: What should you do with the tool after use?

    • Note to supervisor: Now inform your workforce of the company policy regarding cartridge-operated tools.
    Do you have any questions for me?
    Questions for you
    Q: lf you have a misfire, what should you do?
    Q: Before firing into a target, what should you check for?

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