Protecting Your Hands, You Need Them to Collect Your Paycheck

Posted on 03/23 by Erin Helms

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There are many hazards for a worker using hand or power tools. There are falling, flying, and abrasive objects. Harmful dust, fumes, mists, vapors, and gases are additional hazards, and one must use appropriate personal protective equipment when working. Hand safety is crucial. Your hands are constantly in use when you work, and you must take care to protect your hands. Here are tips for Keeping your hands protected when using hand and power tools so you can collect your paycheck with them!

Hand Tool Safety

Hand tools are those which are powered manually. For workers, the most significant hazards posed by hand tools result from mismanagement and improper maintenance. Your employer is responsible for the safe condition of tools and equipment. However, you must understand the proper use and handling of tools and equipment: When using saw blades, knives, or other tools, direct the tools away from the aisle areas and away from other employees working in proximity. Keep knives and scissors sharp, as dull tools cause more injuries than sharp ones. Remove cracked saw blades from service. Never use a wrench with the jaws sprung to the point that slippage occurs. Keep impact tools like drift pins, wedges, and chisels free of mushroomed heads. Avoid splintered wooden handles. Remember that iron or steel hand tools produce sparks that can be a source of ignition for combustible materials. In these areas that include flammable gases, volatile liquids, and other explosive substances, use spark-resistant tools made of non-ferrous materials.

Protection From Power Tools

All power tools should have safety guards and switches. These tools are hazardous when improperly used. The power source, including electric, pneumatic, liquid fuel, and hydraulic, determines the type of power tool. To protect yourself and your hands, and prevent accidents, observe the following: Never transport a power tool by the cord or the hose. Disconnect all tools when not in use, before servicing and cleaning, and when changing accessories such as blades, bits, and cutters. Avoid yanking the cord or the hose to disconnect it from the receptacle. Keep all power tool cords away from heat, oil, and sharp edges. Keep anyone not involved with the work safe from the work area. Secure your work with a clamp or a vise to free up both hands for operating the power tool. Avoid accidental starts by not holding your fingers on the switch button while transporting a plugged-in tool. Follow the user’s manual instructions for lubricating and changing accessories, and keep tools sharp and clean for the best performance. Keep sound footing and balance while operating power tools. Wear the proper attire and avoid loose items such as lanyards and jewelry. Remove damaged portable electric tools from use. LaborMAX can help you find work in various industries and specialties.

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