About this seminar

Power tools and appliances are essential in the everyday work of Australian tradies. Using them can be second nature to many, however incorrect use due to inadequate training, poor tool performance or even a minor distraction can result in serious injury.

In this video, Nick describes an effective way to avoid a mishap – to run a quick mental checklist before handling the equipment. This includes ensuring that the power tool has a current safety tag, the machine or appliance you’re using is in perfect working order, and that you’re rid of all distractions including your phone.

Finally, if you’re not 100 per cent confident using a tool or an appliance, stop working and see your supervisor or a safety manager. It could mean the difference between getting home safely and a serious injury.

Who is this seminar for?

This video is helpful to tradies in the construction and building industry and workers who regularly use power tools and/or appliances as part of their workduties. It will also be useful for certain business owners, supervisors and safety managers who need to ensure that workers have received adequate training to use each power tool.

About the presenters 

Nick is a leading hand carpenter in the construction industry.

Additional resources 


Work Safe: Tools and Appliances

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Leading Hand Carpenter

G’day. I’m Nick, and I’m a leading hand chippie here on site. If you’re anything like me, you use power tools every day.

These are the tools of our trade, but how often do we stop and think are we using them safely?

These machines and appliances can cause serious injury, even death, so it’s absolutely essential that you know how to use them safely.

You can move from being safe to unsafe in less than a second, so let’s take a minute to talk about the key safety rules.

So the first rule is have you been trained to use the tool? If not, don’t use it. Leave it alone.

Is the machine or appliance in perfect working order? Are the guards in place? Does it have a current safety tag? Has it been serviced to the manufacturer’s specification?

Hey, and what about you? Are you good to go? Are you drug and alcohol free? Do you have the right PPE? Have you got rid of any distractions, especially your phone, and are you fully focused and concentrating on the task?

Have you planned your workload to eliminate risks? Is your work area tidy? And what about your mates? Are you keeping them safe as well?

Remember if you’re not 100 percent confident using a tool or an appliance, then do the right thing and stop. See your supervisor or a safety manager.

Switch on here before you switch on there.

Male worker 1:

Think safe.

Male worker 2:

Work safe.


Go home safe.

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[Closing visual of slide with text saying ‘This video funded by Safe Work Australia, ACT Government, Access Canberra and endorsed by ACT Government, Training Fund Authority, Unions ACT, HIA, Construction Industry Training Council, Master Builders Australian Capital Territory’]

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