Safety Precautions while Working with Different Hand Tools

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Safety precautions that are need to taken by operators while performing operations on hand tools (hammers, screw drivers and wrenches) to prevent from injuries and accidents are listed below.


  1. One should operate hammer unless its head is tightly fixed to the handle.
  2. Place the hammer on the bench carefully. A falling hammer can cause serious foot injuries.
  3. Never strike two hammers together. The faces are very hard and the blow might cause a chip to break off.
  4. Never hold the hammer too far on the handle when striking a blow on a material.
  5. Unless the blow is struck squarely, the hammer may glance of the work.

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Screw Drivers

  1. When working on electrical equipment/devices/wires use only a screw driver with a handle that are not conductors of electricity.
  2. One should wear goggles to protect eyes when re-sharpening screw driver tips.
  3. Screws with damaged heads are risky to handle and must be replaced or the burrs removed with an abrasive material.
  4. One should choose the correct tip of screw drivers while performing screwing operation. Too arrow or too wide tip will damage the work.


  1. One should not hammer a wrench to loosen a stubborn fastener, unless the wrench tool has been specially designed to bear such hard treatment.
  2. Always pull on a wrench. One can have more control over the wrench tool if pulling instead of pushing and there is less chance of injury to happen.
  3. It is dangerous practice to lengthen the wrench handle for additional leverage. Use a sufficient larger wrench.
  4. Choose a wrench that fit properly to the nut/bolt. A loose fitting wrench may slip and round off the corners of the bolt head and nut.
  5. When using wrenches clean grease or oil from the floor in the work area. This will reduce the possibility of slipping and losing balance while operating wrenches.
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