Hand tools such as hammers, wrenches, chisels, pliers, and screwdrivers, are often an underrated source of potential injury. These tools might seem harmless, but they can result in serious injuries including loss of eyesight or fingers. In addition to accidental injuries, repetitive motions can cause damage over time, often leading to problems such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and injuries to muscles, joints, and ligaments. Other common hazards associated with the use of hand tools flying chips of metal or wood and falling tools (e.g. a hammer falling off of a ladder). To avoid such accidents and injuries, some steps you can take are:
* Use the right tool for the right job. For example, don’t use a wrench as a hammer.
* Do not use damaged tools.
* Carry tools in a tool box or belt.
* Do not toss tools to other people.
* Use appropriate PPE when necessary.
* Properly store tools when they’re not being used.
* Keep an eye on your body for signs of repetitive stress to prevent serious, long-term injuries.
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