Many type of injuries can be caused by hand tools:
- Just image a tool that is made to cut plastic, metal and wood, when slipped from your hand, what kind of injury it can cause to a human body. It can cause cuts, amputations and punctures
- Flying metal and wood debris can cause serious eye injuries and sometime cause permanent blindness.
- When tools slip or fall from height or may be thrown by careless employees can cause serious injuries like broken bones and bruises. A hammer can be a lethal weapon when dropped from top of a ladder by accident.
- Numbness in hands or arms can be caused by feeling continuous vibration. This may also cause irregular blood flow through-out the body.
Remember the following safety instructions to avoid serious injuries:
- Always make sure you select an appropriate tool that best fits your project requirement.
- Don’t use your wrench as a hammer
- Don’t use damaged and broken tools.
- Don’t use dull cutting tools. Always make sure that the cutting tools are sharp and the blades are not irregular in shape.
- Make sure your tool has an accessory with proper tip
- When making a cut, always cut it away from the body.
- Make sure that your foot and hand grip is firm when handling large and heavy tools.
- Tools must be carried securely in a tool belt or box. Tools should not be carried up the ladder. Always use a rope or holsters.
- When working at heights always keep a close track. A falling tool can cause serious injuries to co-workers.
- Never toss your tool towards another person.
- Use proper personal protection equipment like eye wear, steal toe boots, gloves and hard head.
- Never carry pointed or sharp edged tools in your pocket
- Store your tools properly after finished working.
By following the above instruction, you can help prevent injuries in your work place.