Safety Series: The Right Tool for the Job

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We are seeing the construction industry become more and more sophisticated with new construction techniques. The same tools that were used fifty years ago are used today although with some improvements. One way to get injured on the job is by using the wrong tool for the job. Two important points to remember when using hand tools is the selection of the tool for the job, and the use of the tool for the job.

GENERAL GUIDELINES:

  1. Keep your tools clean and in good condition.
  2. Never use a tool not designed for the job you are doing.
  3. Never carry tools in your pockets.
  4. When chipping or cutting, wear eye protection.
  5. Be wary of the effect of your actions on nearby workers.
  6. Use a pulling motion to operate hand tools rather than a pushing method.
  7. Never leave hand tools in areas where they may be kicked off onto lower levels, or where they may be a tripping hazard.
  8. Never improvise.
  9. Don’t adapt or use cheaters.”
  10. Never remove an electrical cord by jerking it.
  11. Always be sure that power tools are electrically safe.

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Each tool is designed to perform a specific function. As long as you use the right tool and keep it in good operating condition, the various hand tools will serve you well. When you begin to improvise, expect the unexpected — injuries.

The use of hand tools affects the daily lives of all workers. As a result, it is necessary that everyone be aware of safe hand tool practices and follows those practices.