Do you know that there are more than 400000 emergencies annually involving accidents with power or hand tools. Many of them can be as well avoided is simple safety measures were ensured. Of course, no one is safe against all hazard just because he is careful, but utilizing these safety tips significantly reduces the chances of accidents.

  1. Buy quality tools – don’t settle for cheap imitations or very old equipment. Better rent until you can afford buying than working with tools that are not safe at all
  2. Proper maintenance is crucial. Read the manufacturer’s instruction and make sure you follow them. Sharpen and oil regularly.
  3. Dress appropriately. Loosely fitting clothing can tangle in the way of the instruments and is considered a severe work hazard. Same applies to jewelry. It is best to be avoided.
  4. Wear appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) – clothing and footwear. This includes appropriate gloves and shoes. Workers in the one of the most dangerous industries – loggers opt for using specific footwear for loggers and foresters, not just any work boots. Their jobs require boots with good traction of the soles and the heel, which won’t let them slip while doing their dangerous work.
  5. Use the right tool for the job at hand. Don’t hammer a nail with a wrench
  6. Carrying pointy tools in your pockets is the worse idea ever. My cousin fell and ripped her thigh open because she was wearing her huge key in her front pocket. Don’t make the same mistake – use a toolbox or cart.
  7. Make sure you store your tools safely away in a box. Never leave them unattended all over the place.
  8. Keep floors dry and use boots/shoes with anti-slipping soles.
  9. If you are using a corded tool, put it away from the walking paths. Always make sure that no one can trip on the cord.
  10. Never use an electric tool in wet environments unless it is approved for such use
  11. Never point a power tool or compressed air tool at yourself or at another person
  12. Don’t leave your tools unattended
  13. If you are using a pneumatic tool, make sure you release the air before you unplug it

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