Tool Safety: Even The Simplest Looking Tool Can Cause Severe Injury

Types of tools can vary quite a bit, from screwdrivers to chain saws. Other examples include; hammers, saws, cutters, wrenches, snips, chisels, etc.

Safety Precautions

  • Never use a tool if you are not trained.
  • Do not use tools, which are damaged in any way.
  • Do not sue a tool other than for its intended use.
  • Always wear personal protective equipment (eye protection, gloves, etc).
  • Use the best tool for the job (e.g. wooden drills should not be used on cement).
  • For electrical tools:
    • Make sure the cords are not damaged in any way.
    • Make sure the electrical source is designed to handle the electrical demand of the tool.
    • Read and follow all safety precautions.
    • Make sure it has insulated handles designed for electrical work.
    • Place the cable behind and you and make sure it will not cause a hazard.
    • Never work in a wet or damp environment.
    • Use a Residual Current Device (designed to react to changes in the flow of electricity by cutting off the power).
    • Do not make any adjustments, or clean, while the tool is plugged in.
  • Keep children or non-essential workers away from the area.
  • If needed, have someone show you how the tool works.
  • Make sure when drilling into a wall, that there are no wires behind.
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