What are the Hazards of Hand Tools - INFOGRAPHIC

Protecting the Hands of Construction Workers

Improper Use and Maintenance are the Biggest Reasons for Hand Tools-related Accidents and Injuries. Hand Tools are Powered Manually, and Can Include:


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  • Axes
  • Chisels
  • Cutters
  • Drills
  • Hammers
  • Knives
  • Pliers
  • Saws
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wrenches
Working with hand tools, especially when not properly trained, can be extremely hazardous. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA], therefore, requires employers to provide training for their employees, and ensure the safe condition of all equipment and tools used.

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Examples of Dangers

  • Chisel Tips Can Break Off, and Fly into the User’s Eye and/or Face
  • The Heads of Tools such as Axes or Hammers Can Split, Fly Off, and Strike the User
  • Wrenches Can Slip from the Hand and Cause Injury to the User or Other People Nearby
  • The Heads of Tools such as Chisels and Wedges Can Shatter on Impact, Causing Sharp Fragments to Fly Off and Injure People in Close Vicinity

Avoiding the Hazards

  • Ensure Wooden Handles are Not Cracked, Loose, or Splintered
  • Ensure the Wrench’s Jaws are Not Sprung
  • Direct Sharp Tools Away from Other People, and Aisle Areas
  • Do Not Use Mushroomed Heads with Impact Tools, such as Chisels and Wedges
  • Use Spark Resistant Tools
  • Do Not Use Hand Tools Near Flammable, Volatile, and/or Explosive Substances

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