Safety Precautions on Drilling Machines


    Drilling machines have some special safety precautions that are in addition to those listed in Chapter 1.


   Drilling machines are one of the most dangerous hand operated pieces of equipment in the shop area. Following safety procedures during drilling operations will help eliminate accidents, loss of time, and materials. Listed below are safety procedures common to most types of drilling machines found in the machine shop.

  • Do not support the workplaces by hand. Use a holding device to prevent the workpiece from being tom from the operator's hand.

  • Never make any adjustments while the machine is operating.

  • Never clean away chips with your hand. Use a brush.

  • Keep all loose clothing away from turning tools.

  • Make sure that the cutting tools are running straight before starting the operation.

  • Never place tools or equipment on the drilling tables.

  • Keep all guards in place while operating.

  • Ease up on the feed as the drill breaks through the work to avoid damaged tools or workplaces.

  • Remove all chuck keys and wrenches before operating.

  • Always wear eye protection while operating any drilling machines.

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