Hand Tool Safety Keeping yourself safe when using common hand-held tools
Hand Tool Safety Tips • Keep your tools in good condition: sharp, clean, oiled, dressed and not abused. • Worn tools are dangerous. For example, the teeth in a pipe wrench can slip if worn smooth; an adjustable wrench will slip if its jaws are sprung; and hammer heads can fly off loose handles.
Hand Tool Safety Tips • Do not force tools beyond their capacity or use "cheaters" to increase their capacity. • Secure your work in a vise whenever possible. Never hold small work in your hand when using a screwdriver. • Hammers should have heads ground properly and should not have broken claws or handles that are loose or damaged. • Tools come in a variety of sizes and types. Make sure you have the proper tool for the job.
Hand Tool Safety Tips • Chisels, screwdrivers or other pointed tools should never be carried in clothing pockets. Use tool belts designed for carrying tools. • Cutting tools should be kept sharp to ensure good smooth cutting. Maintain the handles in good condition. Never use cutting blades, like box cutter blades, without the handles. • Screwdriver tips and handles should be in good condition. Use the proper size and type of screwdriver for the job. Using a screwdriver as a chisel or punch should be avoided. • Always wear the PPE required for the job (safety glasses, hearing protection, etc.)
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