Physical contact during operation. Do not lean on generators or place objects on or against them. When possible, only one hand should be in contact with a generator. Make use of meter probe holders and insulated tools.
Also, be aware of moving and hot parts. Don’t put anything, including appendages, near the moving or hot parts of a generator or a compressor. Some models have a voltage selector switch on the inside of the machine so operators can’t change it while the unit is running.
Transport. While some generators are meant to be portable, they may still weigh several hundred pounds, so care should be taken during transport. Be sure to check local vehicle speed limits when towing and never drive faster than is safe no matter what the speed limit is. Use chock blocks when the generator is not connected to the tow vehicle.
Generators are an important tool to help you get the job done, and their use doesn’t have to be hazardous. If a generator is treated with the respect typically given to utility supplied electricity, the injuries to operators can be kept to a minimum.