While it’s easy to imagine that hand tools are perfectly safe (especially in comparison with power tools), they are somewhat underrated when it comes to an assessment of their potential danger. Hammers, Kevlar shears, pliers, chisels, screwdrivers and other hand tools can and do all cause injury, and some of these injuries can be serious.
Hand tools can be directly or indirectly responsible for an array of injuries, including cuts, bruises, abrasions, punctures, eye injuries, broken bones, and repetitive motion injuries. These are much more likely and more common when tools are used incorrectly, or the incorrect tool is used for a specific job.
Tips for Safe Use of Hand Tools
- Invest in the highest quality tools you can afford. Premium online suppliers like Vampire Tools offer affordable hand tools like Kevlar shears, lineman pliers, multipurpose scissors and cable knives that are of quality and workmanship that is second to none.
- Use the correct tool for the job. Never use pliers in place of a hammer; never use your screwdriver as a chisel.
- Don’t use tools that are damaged or broken. Don’t use cutting tools that are blunt or dull, and don’t use rusted tools.
- Don’t assume that power tools are always a better option. You actually have more control when you use the right hand tool for a job – for example, when you use screw removal pliers to remove a stripped screw in preference to using a drill.
- Always direct tool actions like cutting away from your body.
- Use protective sleeves for sharp tools and be extremely careful when using tools at a height. A dropped tool can kill someone below and in its drop zone. Hoist tools up a ladder rather than carrying them in your hand.
- Ensure your grip and footing are secure when working with tools.
- Use protective clothing and equipment like safety glasses and gloves.
- Select tools that are ergonomically designed for comfort and more effective use.
- Put tools away after use and store all tools safely and appropriately – out of reach of children, wiped down between uses, and placed in a sturdy tool box, chest, drawer, or on a tool board.
- Inspect your tools regularly. Replace tools when you notice wear and tear.
- When you begin to feel fatigued while working with tools, take a break.
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