Tools Safety


Work goes as planned with the right tool in hand

Hand tools and power tools make doing many tasks easier and faster.  They are part of our everyday work life and home life.  But familiarity can make us overlook how dangerous they can be if used incorrectly.  A screwdriver used as a pry bar can slip causing a puncture wound.  An unguarded angle grinder can cause a laceration.

Here are a few reminders concerning hand tools and power tools.

  • Use the right tool for the job and make sure it’s the correct size.  The wrong tool or tool size can damage the tool, the work piece, as well as cause an injury
  • Keep the tool in good condition.  Adjust guards as needed.  Make sure that tool bits are sharp.  A greasy handle can interfere with a good grip.
  • Use the tool correctly.  Consider where your body or hand will be propelled if the tool or your grip slips.  Cut away for yourself.  Avoid jury-rigged persuaders.
  • Carry and store tools correctly.  Use a tool belt; avoid carrying tools in a pocket where they could fall out when climbing.  Carry tools with sharp ends pointed away from you.  Store tools in a protected area.
  • Know the manufacturers’ recommendations for inspecting and servicing power tools.  Only use accessories that are approved by the manufacturer.
  • Be sure that electric tools are properly grounded.  For double insulated tools check that the cord and casing are in good condition (no frays or cracks).
  • Disconnect power, e.g., unplug the cord, before changing bits or accessories.
  • If the work piece is small, secure it properly.  Use a properly sized vise to hold the piece.  Use a work bench that is at least waist high.
  • And always wear the required PPE for the job.

Tools are designed to make work easier.  Be sure to use them properly as intended by the tool manufacturer and according to good safety practice to maximize safety.