Hand tools are a fundamental aspect of many businesses and institutions. However, hand tools are involved in many injuries to workers. For instance, according to Accident Facts , hand tools are involved in 6% of all compensated work injuries. This figures increases to 14% for non-compensated work injuries. The average cost of a hand tool injury is listed as $1250. This is only counting the direct costs and not the indirect injury costs (i.e. lost production).
Causes of hand tool injuries can often be traced to some type of improper use or maintenance of the hand tool. The below information focuses on non-powered hand tool safety. Stay tuned in additionalSafety Notes for information on powered hands tool and other specific tool safety tips. Some ways to avoid hand tool injuries include:
Remember to always utilize good judgment and work skills to reduce the risk of injuries when using hand tools.
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