As with other applications, it’s important to conduct an assessment of the application and jobsite prior to cutting or drilling into concrete, asphalt or other surfaces.

This will enable you to plan out the project, identify the necessary equipment for the task, as well as assess any potential risks.A jobsite assessment is very important as it will allow the workers to plan their work more efficiently, say product experts at Hilti. . In addition, it increases the worker’s awareness of potential hazards and how best to mitigate them, therefore helping ensure the proper measures to increase health and safety on the jobsite are implemented.

Tony Calcopietro, national account/export sales manager, EDCO, agrees, noting, “Construction sites are always full of potential hazards. Before saw cutting or drilling, it is extremely important to inspect the work area. Check to ensure a safe and secure workspace for things like proper lighting, ventilation, auto or pedestrian traffic, noise, etc.Address all hazards accordingly before you begin operating the equipment to ensure safety for both the operator and those surrounding the jobsite,” he adds.

Use the Proper Tools
Having the right tools is one of the basics required to complete cutting or drilling operations in a safer manner. An inappropriately sized tool can do more than slow production or potentially lead to equipment downtime.“Inadequately powered equipment can also expose an operator to physical injury should they try to push an under-powered saw or drill beyond its capability,” Calcopietro points out. “Diamond blades or bits may jump out of the cut or get pinched in the cut, creating additional expenses and exposing operators to preventable, unnecessary steps.