Take The Proper Safety Precautions When Working With Tools

Fred's Appliance Academy
November 1, 2016

One of the big problems associated with repairing appliances is the difficulty of choosing the correct hand tools and knowing how to use them. Many people do use hand tools at home, but not everyone uses them the right way. When people use tools improperly, they usually will use them based on how they think they should be used.

Also, many people think using hand tools are easy and they are not overly concerned about them. Anyone using hand tools should always follow the proper rules and all safety precautions. It does not matter what type of hand tools you are using and how much experience you have in using those tools, you should always remain cautious.

A high number of accidents occur because people are not working with tools in the correct way. Listed below are a few injuries that can result from improperly using hand tools:

  • Cuts
  • Broken bones
  • Punctured wounds
  • Contusions
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome or any other injury caused by repetitive motion
  • Injuries to the eyes

Many of us will use hand tools at some point in our lives, especially when our appliances break down and we attempt to fix them. To avoid any injuries, here are some safety procedures you should always follow:

  • Always make sure you are using the right tool for what needs to be fixed. For example, if you need to use a hammer, you should use a hammer and not turn another tool into a hammer. If you do not have the right tool for the job, you will either have to buy one or borrow one.
  • Do your best to make sure your tools are kept in great condition because you never know when you will have to pull out the toolbox.
  • If the tool you need to use is broken, you should not use it. If the tool is not as sharp as it needs to be, you should avoid using it.
  • Make sure you have a firm grip on the tool you are using.
  • Do not make cuts toward your body.
  • Avoid placing sharp tools in your pocket.
  • Wear safety eye-wear, safety hats, boots, gloves, and whatever else you need to protect yourself.
  • If you notice that your hand is getting tired or if you start feeling any type of pain, you should take a break. If you can detect a potential hand or wrist injury early, you can stop it from getting too serious.
  • Do not throw the tools in the toolbox and do not throw them to anyone. Carefully place the tool in the toolbox. When you need to give the tool to someone, you should pass it to that person by the handle

Many people believe that using hand tools is easy and that nothing can go wrong. This is not the case; many things can go wrong when using hand tools. However, many things can also go right when you follow the instructions and take safety seriously.

Screwdrivers, wrenches, chisels, hammers, pliers, etc. are all great tools to have in your home because they can be used to fix so much. However, you should never underrate the impact they can have on your body.

These tools may look like they cannot do much harm to you, but they definitely can. No one wants to be rushed to the emergency room while trying to fix a home appliance.

Before making an attempt to fix any home appliance, regardless of the size of the appliance and the size of the problem, you should always know how to properly use a certain tool. For more advice on working with tools, contact us today to see our class schedule for appliance repair training.

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