Power tools play a pivotal role under several types of scenarios. However they pose serious risks as well. Let’s talk about a pressure washer for instance. The equipment is used for cleaning a wide variety of things including paved surfaces, building exteriors, farm equipment and commercial vehicles. However when it comes to pressure washing a surface, people using the machine must be well versed with the pressure or force which the equipment uses during its application.  They spray water at a massive force of 1000 pounds/sq inch and even more. The gas powered washer will spray water at a range between 2000-4000 pounds/sq inch. 

Considering the huge force applied during water pressure cleaning in Ashfield, individuals handling the equipment must be careful lest there is a chance they may get hit by such massive force and incur injuries. In the following lines we are going to discuss the different types of hazards which are associated with the use of a pressure washer. Also we will mention how workers can minimise possibilities of injuries. 

Injuries brought upon by a pressure washer 

A majority of injuries which cleaning technicians generally face are as follows: 

  • Abrasions 
  • Eye injury and even blindness 
  • Penetration of wounds brought upon by glass fragments debris and rocks 
  • Infections 
  • Infection injuries brought upon by cleaning chemicals which penetrate into the skin 
  • Trip and fall injuries happening on smooth surfaces 
  • Fall from height while using a pressure washer. A painter in Stanmore always faces the risk of falling from a ladder or a scaffold while losing balance during pressure washing. 
  • Injuries arising from electrocution

Ways to reduce the chances of injuries arising out of pressure washing 

During high pressure cleaning in Strathfield professionals should have an understanding on the application of power lest likelihood of injuries should increase. People using a pressure washer everyday have a tendency to become reluctant and careless. They are required following the guidelines mentioned here: 

  • Wearing protective gears including long-sleeved shirts, trousers, gloves and various splash resistant glasses. 
  • Not pointing the nozzle of the washer at any point where a worker doesn’t wish to clean or wash. 
  • Before using the pressure washer it is vital workers must examine the circuit breaker.
  • While using the electrical pressure workers should make sure the power cord is not dipped into water. 
  • Workers who need to use a pressure washer while using a ladder, scaffold or lift must also consider using a harness. 
  • Workers must avoid using a solid stream nozzle instead they must consider using a fan nozzle. 

Furthermore, workers who suffer from an injury during pressure cleaning must seek medical assistance lest things can turn extremely complicated. A lot of workers who have been using pressure washer equipment have suffered hearing loss. It not only leads to carbon monoxide buildup but at the same time gives rise to asphyxiation. Workers who are involved in pressure washing must always stay wary of the injuries and risks of using the equipment which entail use of enormous pressure. 

Author's Bio: 

The author is a water pressure cleaning expert in Ashfield. In recent times the author has been shedding light on various aspects through blogs.