Your safety starts with using the correct tools. When you talk about your tools the obvious objects come to mind. Having a wide scope of tools allows you to always have the right tool for the task that needs to be performed. Using the wrong tool can leave you seriously injured. It is always a good idea to do a tool check frequently to clean tools and replace damaged tools. One of the biggest injuries in the field is falling. To avoid this hazard it is important to have ladders that are up to OSHA code, have a variety of lengths for the job you have to complete and have the proper harness or guardrail system. An important and often overlooked precaution is appropriate attire. Dressing for the job can help save you from permanent damage.
In November 2015, an HVAC installer fell through a skylight while attempting to pull free a saw that was stuck into a metal roof. When he jerked the saw loose from the roof, he lost his balance and fell through a skylight and onto the concrete, 15 feet below. He later died of his injuries.
To prevent disaster before starting any job it is important to conduct a survey to identify any hazards and to implement appropriate control measures. Risks to inspect for can be electrical risks, chemical hazards, slippery surfaces, or falling dangers.
While the technician was examining the unit he came into contact with a capacitor that served as a mini electrical generator for the unit. He touched the capacitor with his left hand while his right hand was touching the side of the metal unit, causing him to be electrocuted. He died instantly at the seen.
While being comfortable on the job may make you feel secure enough to take a short cut like using the closet tool, not the correct tool, or not going back to the truck to get a pair of gloves. Another factor that leaves HVAC techs looking down the barrel of a gun is time. Giving yourself time to prep your work area is highly important and can save your life. But something frequently discounted is leaving yourself to safely drive to your next job. Do your self the favor, drive safe.
In 2017, 1,299 U.S. workers driving or riding in a motor vehicle on a public road died in a work-related crash (25% of all work-related deaths). In 2013 alone, work-related crashes cost employers $25 billion- $65,000 per nonfatal injury and $671,000 per death.