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Tips for mitigating hand tool injuries in construction zones

Often when working with hand tools, leverage helps get a job done. Leverage should not be added to tools by extending existing handles by securing another handle or pipe to the tool. When more leverage is required, use a larger or longer tool.

Sharp cutting tools can cause injuries, but working with cutting tools that aren't sharp enough to get the job done usually cause more injuries. Maintain cutting tools to keep a sharp edge and clean them appropriately to remove rust. When using a utility knife to cut surfaces, keep hands and fingers away from the path you believe the knife will take.

Always choose the right tool for the job. Attempting to force a screw with the wrong size or type of screwdriver not only strips the screw; it could result in a fall or other accident because the worker has to exert an unsafe amount of force.

While following safety rules and working with the right tools for the job helps alleviate the risks of injuries, working with tools always comes with some amount of risk. If you are injured on the job, then you have a right to seek compensation under your company's workers' compensation plan.

Source: Seattle University, "Tools, Equipment, and Construction Safety," accessed Feb. 03, 2016

Often when working with hand tools, leverage helps get a job done. Leverage should not be added to tools by extending existing handles by securing another handle or pipe to the tool. When more leverage is required, use a larger or longer tool.

Sharp cutting tools can cause injuries, but working with cutting tools that aren't sharp enough to get the job done usually cause more injuries. Maintain cutting tools to keep a sharp edge and clean them appropriately to remove rust. When using a utility knife to cut surfaces, keep hands and fingers away from the path you believe the knife will take.

Always choose the right tool for the job. Attempting to force a screw with the wrong size or type of screwdriver not only strips the screw; it could result in a fall or other accident because the worker has to exert an unsafe amount of force.

While following safety rules and working with the right tools for the job helps alleviate the risks of injuries, working with tools always comes with some amount of risk. If you are injured on the job, then you have a right to seek compensation under your company's workers' compensation plan.

Source: Seattle University, "Tools, Equipment, and Construction Safety," accessed Feb. 03, 2016

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