Tools Being Used Incorrectly
Hand tool injuries can often be traced back to using the tool incorrectly or for a purpose it was not designed to be used. This includes power tools.
- Always use the right tool for the job.
- Always use the tool the way it was intended to be used.
Wrenches – Always place the wrench on the nut in the direction the handle will be moved. Never use a wrench as a hammer.
Files – Never use a file and a pry bar. It is very brittle and will break. Never use a file without the handle.
Screw drivers – Never use a screw driver as a pry bar or chisel.
Hammers – Use the right hammer for the job. Never us a claw hammer to strike a cold chisel. Because the hammer is hardened it may cause the chisel to mushroom and chip.
Chisels – Don’t hold a cold chisel in your hand while it is being struck by another person. It is safer to use a chisel bar holder. Don’t use a chisel with a mushroomed head.
Knifes – Always keep knives sharp because they are safer than dull knives. Never use a knife as a screw driver. Always cut away from your body. Always store knives in a sheath when not in use.
Handsaws – Handsaws need to be kept sharp and in good condition. Be careful when using your thumb to start the cut. Be careful not to pinch the blade while cutting.
Rakes/Shovels – Be sure rake and shovel handles are in good condition and free of cracks and splinters. Store rakes and shovels in the upright position or in a rack.
Plyers – Never use plyers in place of a wrench.