TOOLBOX TALK 55/60
TOPIC: HAND TOOLS
OBJECTIVE: TO ENSURE THE SAFE USE OF HAND TOOLS
Some things to know before you give your talk.
As a supervisor, you know how important tools are in getting the job done. Tools, like screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, side cutters, vice grips, all have an important place at your jobsite.
Remind your crew that each of these tools are designed to perform their own special function and using them for any other job may result in serious injury. For instance, how many times has your crew used a screwdriver when they should have used a pry-bar, or a punch or a chisel?
Here are some of the accidents which have happened because of using the wrong hand tool or because the tool was damaged:
- A worker was using a wrench to hammer a bolt. The head of the wrench glanced off the end of the bolt and injured their finger.
- Someone was using a hammer with a loose head. The head flew off and struck another employee.
- A worker was using a pick with a damaged handle when a splinter from the handle entered their hand.