Basic Rules of Using Hand Tools

May 4, 2021 | 0 comments

One of the most essential construction tools is the trusty handheld tools. Whether you’re building a simple birdhouse or a high-end establishment, you can never underestimate the power of handheld tools. Yes, there are numerous innovations and power tools in the market, but nothing beats working with tools that you can actually work hand and hand in. 

These kinds of essentials are not to be taken lightly. Using handheld tools might look easy enough but there are still some basic rules that we have to keep in mind. 

Don’t be complacent with your tools, inspect them!

We know they can last long, even years perhaps! Handheld tools are built to last strenuous activities after all. However, this doesn’t mean that you should not check them on a daily basis. Simple cracks or loose screws can doom the project or even cause the workers injuries. Just think if the metal part of a hammer comes flying out when you’re about to hit a nail. Now that sounds disastrous doesn’t it? 

On the other hand, it can also save up time to complete the project. Defective tools that break down during production will eat the project time. Simple because the worker cannot use a broken tool. Now think about spotting these deficiencies in advance? That would buy you time to buy a new tool saving the project time and safety. 

Protect your hands and your eyes

In the construction world, your hands and eyes are your wealth. With this said, make sure you protect them at all times. Being exposed to hazardous construction environments, your hands and eyes will be exposed to harmful dust particles or even tools that require precision. Wearing gloves and goggles can help them prevent getting damaged. In fact, why stop with your eyes and hands? The most advisable thing to wear are your protective Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Keep one eye on the project and another on your surroundings!

Okay, what we mean is be alert with where you are working. Looking at hand tools, they may seem like the typical bob the builder tools, enough to look harmless even. However, do not be fooled. Always be vigilant when it comes to your surroundings. Be focused in what you are doing but always keep in mind the people around you who are exposed to the hazards of doing construction work. 

Use the right tools for the right task!

We know it can sometimes be taunting to use a tool that we see “might” get the job done. Let me stop you right now, the truth is, it won’t (well actually it might). In doing this, you might get the job done but in return, this might damage the tool. Tools are investments too especially when you are in the construction line of business. Safe action is to make sure that the tool you are using is the right fit for the job.

Handle with care

These may be rugged materials made for hard-core activities, but let’s not forget to treat them with the utmost care as well. When caring, things last and this applies to tools too. Make it a habit to not fling or throw the tools around. Lay them down gently and properly on the toolbox. Do not use them in things they are not made to do. Most of all, inspect their state on a daily basis and remedy defective parts or tools immediately to avoid injuries. 

Kudos to Teng Tools for providing insight into our article. Want to know more about handling tools? Check out How to Safely Handle Power Saws!