Safety Rules When Using Hand Tools

There are a lot of different hand tools, but whether you’re using a wrench, saw, hammer, chisel or others, you should always follow safety precautions. A lot of the injuries that come about are due to improper handling, so keep the following in mind.

Use the right tool:

Do not use a hammer if the job requires a wrench. Do not use a chisel if you need a screwdriver. There is a reason these tools are designed for a specific task. Forcing the tool to do something it is not meant for could damage the work piece or cause an accident.

Never Use Damaged Tools:

Do not use a saw if it has broken teeth, a worn out screwdriver dull cutters etc. Using damaged tools will at best, slow you down and make you unproductive, or worse the tool could come apart and cause an accident.

Use Cutting Tools Carefully:

Meaning, always cut away from your body. It does not matter what type of tool you use, always follow this basic principle.

Maintain a Firm Grip:

Your hand grip and footing must be secure when handling saws and other large hand tools. This is one reason why ergonomic handles is necessary.

Wear a Tool Belt:

Don’t hand carry tools. Wear a tool belt or carry a toolbox. It is more practical and reduces the possibility you’ll hurt yourself. A tool belt is a must if you’re a professional carpenter, electrician or plumber.

Tools and Heights:

Use a roper or hoist to bring tools up. Do not hand carry them if you’re on a ladder. And when you’re up there, keep an eye where they are and make sure they don’t fall and hurt someone.

When working with someone, always hand a tool over by the handle. Never throw the tool and assume they’ll catch it.

Wear Protection:

Wear gloves to protect your hands. Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from dust and debris. Don steel toed shoes or boots to protect your feet in case you drop one of those tools.

Your company may require you to wear other types of protective gear like hard hats, specific types of eye wear, ear plugs etc. Follow the instructions and you should be fine.

Other Safety Tips:

  • Do not put a pointed or sharp hand tool in your pocket.
  • Always choose ergonomic tools as they are more comfortable to use even for long stretches.
  • Inspect your hand tool and look for signs of damage or wear and tear. Fix them immediately or replace the tool.
  • Always store your tools properly to avoid damage.
  • Read the manual and follow the directions for use. Do not use hand tools for tasks they are not designed to handle.

Final Reminders:

Knowing how to use hand tools is one of the most effective ways to prevent injuries. Hopefully the tips above have also provided more insight so you can focus on work and avid getting hurt.

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