- Be aware that the most common hand tool accidents can be prevented
the right tool
a tool correctly
edged tools sharp
or repair a defective tool
- 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
- 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
- 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 specific place for each tool.
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.
tools with the blades away from someone's reach.
sturdy hooks to hang most tools on.