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Hand & Power Tool Safety

Everyone loves a good power tool, especially for DIYS tasks around the house. Hand and power tools are also used every day in many types of business. They make our work easier and allow us to be more efficient. However, we often fail to see the hazards that these tools present. Our training products on Hand and Power Tool Safety show how accidents can be significantly reduced by applying good general safety rules, and review what hazards are associated with the specific types of tools employees use. The training material go though topics such as choosing the right tool and fit for you, protecting yourself from tool hazards, how to maintain your tools and much more!

Some examples of misuse of Hand Tools and hazards:

  • Using a screwdriver as a chisel may cause the tip of the screwdriver to break and fly, hitting the user or other employees.
  • If a wooden handle on a tool such as a hammer or an axe is loose, splintered, or cracked, the head of the tool may fly off and strike the user or another worker.
  • A wrench must not be used if its jaws are sprung, because it might slip.
  • Impact tools such as chisels, wedges, or drift pins are unsafe if they have mushroomed heads. The heads might shatter on impact, sending sharp fragments flying.

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