Handling Hand Tools Safely
An estimated 8% of industrial accidents are caused by hand tolls. These accidents are caused by using the wrong tool for the job, using the right tool incorrectly, failing to wear personal protective equipment, or failing to follow safety guidelines. Take a moment to review these safety tips for handling common hand tools.
Make sure that you use hand tools correctly. Remember to inspect them regularly band regularly them immediately if theyre damaged.Old Tools Can Be Dangerous
Instead of buying new, good-quality tools, many of us fill our toolboxes with family hand-me-downs or cheap (poorly-made) finds from discount stores. Although secondhand tools might be easier on the budget, they can be hard on safety.
Damaged, worn, or improperly repaired tools can cause serious injuries. Examine all hand or power tools prior to use. Dont perform makeshift repairs. If the tool is defective, discard it so you or another person wont be tempted to use it, and perhaps be injured.
These are some problems to look for when using old tools:
Old tools may not be safe to use if they lack up-to-date safety features, such as a
switch that stops the operation when pressure on the switch is released. Read and follow
your power tool operators manual for tips on proper use, maintenance, and general
safety precautions. Dont forget to use safety eyewear, gloves, and other recommended
personal protective equipment for the specific tool.
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