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Hand Tool Safety

​This Tailgate Talk is part of the NLTAPA collection.

Almost all of us use some sort of hand tool to perform a certain type of task every day. However, the use of tools are a contributing factor to many injuries when used incorrectly.


The following are a few helpful tips that will allow you to perform this type of work safely:


  • Use the correct tool for the job. A screw driver is not a pry bar!


  • Keep tools clean and in good condition.


  • Use and maintain power tools according to their instructions.


  • Make sure power tools are properly grounded or are double insulated. Never cut off the ground plug.


  • Switch off, unplug, and lockout power tools before servicing the tool, changing blades or switching out attachments.


  • Wear tight fitting clothing - no strings or loose ends to get entangled.


  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment. Safety glasses, protective clothing, face shields, goggles, hearing protection, dust masks, etc.


  • Keep bystanders at a safe distance. Do not walk up to someone without obtaining their attention from a safe distance first.


  • Unplug and store tools in a safe place after use.


  • Do not place any tools on top of your stepladder because it is too easy to forget they are there when moving it!


Above all else - be sure your brain is engaged before putting your body into motion!!!