Use of Hand Tools Tool Box Talk
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Use of Hand Tools
Introduction: Misuse and poor maintenance of hand tools result in countless injuries every year. Whilst many may be considered “minor” – all are avoidable by complying with relatively simple procedures.
• Only ever use the right tool for the job.
• Maintain all tools in a serviceable condition – if unserviceable either repair or replace.
• Control/protect tools with obvious risks (Stanley knives, etc).
• Use correct size spanners/sockets for nuts – if using adjustables, be extra cautious as these are more prone to slipping.
• Always keep hands behind cutting edges when working.
• Grind down mushroomed heads of chisels, punches, etc to prevent splinters flying off.
• Do not use screwdrivers as chisels – handles splinter.
• Replace split or damaged wooden handles – do not tape or wire up.
• Regularly check hammer heads, etc for security of fixings.
• All files should be fitted with suitable wooden handles.
• Where necessary use specialist tools (insulated screwdrivers on live electrics).
• Protect sharp edges/points of tools.
• Keep tools in toolboxes or racks when not in use.
• Where applicable ensure suitable PPE is worn (eye protection, gloves, etc).
MINOR ACCIDENTS CAN RESULT IN MAJOR INJURIES
(A SPLINTER FROM A MUSHROOMED CHISEL HEAD CAN BLIND YOU!)
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