Be aware that the most common hand tool accidents can be prevented by:
a. Using the right tool
b. Using a tool correctly
c. Keeping edged tools sharp
d. Replacing or repair a defective tool
e. Storing tools safely
Use the right tool to complete a job safely, quickly, and efficiently.
Wear safety glasses whenever you hammer or cut, especially when working with surfaces that chip or splinter.
Do not use a screwdriver as a chisel. The tool can slip and cause a deep puncture wound.
Do not use a chisel as a screwdriver. The tip of the chisel may break and cause an injury.
Do not use a knife as a screwdriver. The blade can snap and injure an eye.
Never carry a screwdriver or chisel in your pocket. If you fall, the tool could cause a serious injury. Instead, use a tool belt holder.
Use the proper wrench to tighten or loosen nuts.
When using a chisel, always chip or cut away from yourself. Do not use impact tools, such as chisels, wedges, or drift pins, if their heads are mushroom shaped. The heads may shatter upon impact.
Direct saw blades, knives, and other tools away from aisle areas and other employees.
Keep chisels and blades sharp. Dull tools are more dangerous than sharp tools.
Iron or steel tools may cause sparks and be hazardous around flammable substances. Use spark-resistant tools made from brass, plastic, aluminum, or wood when working around flammable hazards.
Improper tool storage is responsible for many shop accidents. Follow these guidelines for proper tool storage:
a. Have a specific place for each tool.
b. Do not place unguarded cutting tools in a drawer. Many hand injuries are caused by rummaging through drawers that contain a jumbled assortment of sharp-edged tools.
c. Hang tools with the blades away from someone’s reach.
d. Provide sturdy hooks to hang most tools on.