Follow These Hand and Power Tool Safety Tips
We all know that the contracting industry is a dangerous place to work. From slips and falls to debris and dangerous working conditions, there are a lot of risks. One area that most contractors take for granted and fail to recognize as dangerous is your personal toolbox.
There are a lot of dangers present in your toolbox, and it’s important to recognize proper safety procedures. Here’s an overview of hand and power tool safety and how you can defend against liability issues.
Basic Hand and Power Tools
Almost 10 percent of all workplace accidents are caused by basic hand and power tools. From hitting your thumb with a hammer to slipping with a saw, these nigh invisible liability issues are real and costly. Workers can suffer nerve damage, repetitive motion injuries and even the loss of limbs from hand and power tools.
Many different kinds of physical injuries can result from the contents of your toolbox. These can include punctures, abrasions, bumps, bruises, cuts and even the loss of limbs. Your toolbox includes implements that are designed to cut, burn and melt wood, metal and concrete. They can do a world of damage to skin and bone. In addition, flying debris from the use of hand and power tools can cause injury to eyes and body parts.
The most common physical injuries from power and hand tools include bumps, bruises and cuts, but serious injuries are all too common as well. Workers should strictly observe safety procedures and care including use of proper protective equipment, and keep their toolbox well organized to avoid protruding blades and sharp objects.
Using tools requires repetitive motion — that’s no surprise. This can create serious, ongoing and chronic injuries like carpel tunnel syndrome from turning wrenches, ratchets and screws, banging nails, drilling or even welding all day. These activities put a lot of strain on tendons, muscles and ligaments, and injury can result over time. The best way to prevent these injuries is to take frequent breaks and mix up different kinds of activity throughout the day as much as possible.
Hand and Power Tool Safety Practices
It is vital to practice proper safety policies and procedures to minimize the risk of accidents, injury and liability at work. These can create all manner of problems for the business, from loss of manpower to financial hits and personal loss. Never take shortcuts or ignore safety policies. Make sure tools are always sharp, in good repair and in working order.
Always use thorough and proper personal protective equipment such as heavy gloves, steel-toed boots, hardhats and eye protection. Cut away from your body and make sure you are on solid footing. Take regular breaks and vary your motion and activity throughout the day. These simple hand and power tool safety tips can save a lot of money and heartache.
Finally, as a contractor, make sure you have proper and complete liability insurance. Accidents will happen, and you need to be covered against the cost of liability.