An auger is a useful tool in a variety of different situations. It can be used to create a well, drill for oil, plant fence posts, or even put plants in the ground.
In essence, it works like a drill bit, twisting its way into the ground in order to create a hole. It should be noted that there are many different types of auger, such as rock augers, each one is designed for a specific material and will eat its way through it.
Why Augers Are Dangerous
Of course, an auger is a powerful bit of kit and that also makes it dangerous. As the auger bit cuts into the ground, it removes the material, flinging it upward. This creates the first hazard of flying debris, although this is only close to the drilling point.
Secondary, although augers are exceptionally tough, they can stick if they hit foreign material. This results in the auger bit stopping suddenly and, if you are holding the power unit over the top of the auger bit, it is likely to lift you off your feet or potentially break your arm.
You need to follow the safety tips before and while using your auger.
Before an auger bit is started or introduced to the ground you should create a designated people-free area. This reduces the likelihood of people accidentally getting hit by flying debris.
Mark off the area and verify there is no one in it before you start the power for the auger bit.
If you are operating the auger bit then it is vital that you have all the correct safety gear on. That means protective clothing, gloves, safety boots, and face covering, such as goggles or a shield.
If the power source is on the top of the auger then you will be stood in the path of debris, that’s why you need all the right gear on.
Tractor Or Safety Mechanism
The safest way to operate an auger bit is from a tractor. When the tractor is the power source you can sit in the cab and operate the bit. This effectively protects you from the majority of things that can harm you and prevents injury when the drill bit sticks.
If this isn’t an option you’ll want to add a safety mechanism to the power source at the top of the auger. This cuts the power instantly to prevent damage to the motor. It also can allow independent spin on the top, reducing the likelihood of your arm being broken or you being thrown across your site.
As usual, an understanding of the dangers of an auger will help you to prepare for using one and will reduce the likelihood of injury. Equally, a little common sense can go a long way and should be applied every time you use the auger.
It can literally save a life while making the entire process easier.