Pillar Drill

Please refer to the manual for this tool, and read the Risk Assessment Below

Date of Assessment01/12/21Version1.0
ActivityDrilling a range of materials
EquipmentPillar drill
Details of activity 
Induction / Role RequiredNone
Form completed byChris NashChecked by 
  • This risk assessment is intended to provide guidance on the risk associated with the above equipment and activities in normal use.
  • Please also check general risk assessments for the area within which this equipment or activity is based.
  • Any discrepancies, errors or concerns should be raised with the document authors, area specialists (e.g. admins, superusers) or trustees.

Understanding Risk Rating:

  Risk Rating Action LOW Ensure current control measures are in place and continue with activity MED Control measures may be adequate, co-supervision is recommended HIGH Do not undertake activity without further consultation with area specialists

Risk Assessment

Identify HazardsWho may be harmed and howSeverityControl MeasuresLikelihoodRisk Rating
Something with the potential to cause harmUsers, bystanders or particular at risk groupsLow / Medium / HighWhat is in place to reduce the harm or likelihood.Low / Medium / High
Incompetent userUser, BystanderHIGH      Users must not use tools that they are not competent to use.   Members must challenge use that they believe is dangerous. Users must read the user manual where applicable.  Users must read the risk assessment before using a tool.  Users will be advised during induction which tools they will need supervision or an induction to use.LOW        MED        
Contact With Drill BitUser – serious harm  HIGH    Only make adjustments to the pillar drill when the machine is switched off.   Ensure chuck is tight before switching drill on.  Ensure drill guard is in place before switching drill on. Do not put hands into exclusion zone (within 10cm of drill bit).   Do not leave pillar drill running when not in use. LOW      MED
Drawing in (being pulled into the drill)User of the tool – serious harmHIGHUser of the pillar drill should not wear gloves, ties, scarves, or other long flowy clothing that could get pulled into the drill bit   Do not put hands into exclusion zone (within 10cm of drill bit).  LOWMED
Drill bit snatching or jammingUser, bystanders – serious harmHIGHUse the correct type of bit depending on the material being drilled.  Do not exert heavy pressure on drill press handle.  Ensure a visual inspection of the pillar drill is undertaken before every use to check for physical obstructionLOW        MED      
NoiseUser of the tool, users of the room.MED      Ear protection is advised.LOW              LOW
Dust (inhalation, fire, explosion)User of the tool, users of the room, the space – breathing difficulties/irritationLOWA respirator or mask should be used whilst operating this tool for prolonged persiondsLOWLOW
Flying splintersUser of the tool, users of the room. – Eye injuryMED  Eye protection must be worn in the roomLOWLOW