Toolbox Tips

To avoid injury from hand tools that are involved in 6 percent of compensable work injuries: Safety FIrst

  • Make sure that the tool you intend to use is the right one for the job. Don’t use a wrench as a hammer, or, say, pliers as a wrench.
  • Keep tools in good condition. Broken or worn wrenches with cracked or worn jaws or electric tools with broken plugs, for example, should be repaired or discarded.
  • Follow safety guidelines.
  • Ground all electrical tools and cut away from the body when using knives or cutting tools.
  • Keep tools in a safe place.
  • Many accidents occur when tools fall from overhead cabinets, and by sharp tools carried in pockets or left in toolboxes with the cutting edges exposed.
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