Hand/Power Tool Safety

Hand tools and power tools have played an important role throughout human history.  They have become commonplace in our daily lives and are present in just about every occupational setting to include mining.  In addition, many of these same tools can be found in most of our homes.  While these tools serve very important functions or roles in completing a task or project, they can be hazardous and potentially cause severe injuries when used or maintained improperly.  It is important for employees to understand the hazards associated with hand/power tools; employee responsibilities when using tools; management responsibilities when it comes to hand/power tool safety; examples of improper use and when to inspect and replace damaged tools; basic rules that can prevent hazards. While hand tools and power tools present hazards when being used, the type and nature of hazards can very.

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