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Hand Tool Safety Tips

Consider this, when you are striking a nail with a hammer, part of the hammer's handle breaks off and hits you in the eye. How about breaking bones when your hand is squashed by a press you were attempting to adjust with slippery pliers instead of a wrench?

Keep Safety in Mind

Hand and power tools are a typical part of the job and we often take them for granted. Nevertheless, their use can be extremely dangerous if the right safety procedures are not followed. To keep yourself safe, follow these fundamental guidelines:

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  • Keep all tools in good condition with routine maintenance.
    • If a wooden handle on a tool is loose, splintered, or cracked, the head can fly off.
      If the jaws of a wrench are sprung, the wrench can slip.
    • If impact tools such as chisels, wedges or drift pins have mushroomed heads, they can shatter on impact.
  • Use the right tool for the job.
    • If a chisel is used as a screwdriver, there is a danger of the tip flying off.
    • Each task calls for a specific tool. Never deviate.
  • Examine each tool for damage before utilizing it and never use damaged tools. Alert your manager that these tools need repair.
    • Wrenches should not be used when the jaws are sprung; they can slip and lead to injury.
    • Tools used for cutting edges should be sharp. Dull tools can be more dangerous when utilizing them as you need to press harder.
  • Operate tools according to the manufacturer's instructions.
    • Iron or steel tools produce triggers that can ignite flammable compounds. Check for spark-resistant tools made from alternative products when you are around combustible gases, volatile liquids, or other explosive products.
    • When utilizing sharp tools, direct the tools away from aisle areas and far from other employees working near you.
  • Use the right personal protective equipment (PPE).
    • Loose clothing, ties, or jewelry ought to never be used when utilizing hand or power tools.
  • Store and transfer the tool correctly as soon as you are done with it.
    • Put the tool away as soon as you are finished with it. Leaving the tool in a pathway provides a tripping and impalement threat.
    • Transport tools in a toolbox or cart or bring them in a tool belt. Never carry pointed tools in your pocket.
    • Never toss tools at another worker. Constantly pass them with the handle toward the receiver.
    • Use a pail or bag for raising or lowering tools from one level to another.
    • When carrying a tool on your shoulders, pay attention to clearances and other workers.

Speak Up

If you have any doubt about the safe use of a hand or power tool-- or about any safety problem on the job-- talk to your supervisor. Your safety is the primary concern!

Need a hand with managing your risk? Contact The Platinum Group for more practical guidance on subjects that matter to you and your employees, call 909.466.7876 today!