One of the key issues associated with hand tool safety is choosing and using the right tool. Unfortunately, many people use tools improperly, by trying to improvise with what they have on hand. Also, many people view hand tools as simple to use, so there is little concern for safety. In reality, a person using hand tools, no matter what they are, should always follow safety precautions.
Approximately 8% of industrial incidents result from the improper use of hand tools, according to recent studies. Injuries range from simple cuts, contusions and abraisions to punctures, fractures and even amputations! Below are examples of improper use of hand tools. Have you done any of these?
Not only do you need to utilize the tool properly, but it needs to be in good shape. Take a moment before using any hand tool to ensure that is in good shape. Things to look for include:
If the tool you are about to use seems unsafe, report it to your leadership.