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accidents could be prevented if everyone who uses hand tools would follow three
simple rules: 1)
Choose the right tool for the job. 2)
Be sure the tool is in good condition.
3) Use the tool
After choosing the
right tool for the job, check it over. Is the tool in good shape?
Is the pick or hammer handle secure and free of splinters?
Is the cold chisel burred? Is
the hand saw sharp?
Use all tools the
way they were meant to be used. If
the tool is defective, turn it in and ask for a replacement.
Always turn in tools at the end of the job.
You are responsible for the inspection of all tools, and should tag or
mark any defective tools for immediate repair.
Even a good tool
must be used properly. Here are
some precautions to take when using some common tools.
When using hand saws, keep them sharp with teeth properly set and clean.
Be careful when using your thumb as a guide to start a cut.
chisels, have a mushroomed head dressed before using the chisel, wear your
goggles and when possible use a chisel bar holder instead of holding a cold
chisel when it is struck by someone else.
wrenches having jaws that will not hold and be sure the adjusting screws are
free of rust. Never use a wrench as
Don't use a file
as a pry bar and never use a file without a handle.
Keep the file clean to reduce slipping hazards.
Never use a
screwdriver in place of a pry bar or chisel. Use the screwdriver that fits the screw.
Have points dressed if bent, worn or broken.
Use an insulated handle screwdriver on all electrical work.
When using a hammer be sure it has a securely wedged handle suited to the type of head. If the handle is wooden or fiberglass, watch out for splinters. Remember that carpenter or claw hammers are designed for driving or drawing nails. They should never be used to strike a cold chisel or other hardened steel tools.
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