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Hand Tool/ Pneumatic Tool Hazards

The greatest hazard from hand tools is improper use and maintenance of tools. 

• Use sharpened tools away from other employees or aisle areas and be sure that they are not dull since dull tools can be more hazardous than sharp ones.

• Disconnect tools or machines when not in use, before servicing, and when changing accessories, but do not yank a cord from an electric outlet.

• Do not remove safety guards from power tools, such as those on circular saws.

• Tools should be used within their designed safety limits.

• Pneumatic tools are powered by compressed air and require the following:

· Eye protection.

· A secure attachment of the tool to the air hose before you start work.

· Compressed air guns should never be pointed at anyone.

• Jacks must not bear more weight than they are designed for, must be used on a level surface, and once the load has been lifted the jack must immediately be blocked up.

• Examine tools before use and keep up with maintenance to ensure that equipment functions properly.


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