Here at Ideal we start every day in a group huddle to do our pre-task and stretch and flex as a team. After the morning group activity, we go to our job gang box and select the tools we are going to use for the day. It’s what we do after that tool selection that can make the difference in having a safe day or possibly setting yourself up for an accident. Just as we make it mandatory to do inspection on Aerial Lifts, Backhoes, and Cranes, we also need to inspect our hand tools and other equipment. Our hand tools, power tools, and fall protection equipment gets moved from one tool box to the next, and at times never get inspected. Every tool we use should be inspected before every use. Making sure the tools you use are in good condition is your responsibility. Too many times we want to blame someone else for an injury we received from a defective tool that we failed to inspect.
Here are a few tips for you to remember so that you don’t become a statistic:
If you inspect a tool and find it defective, immediately tag it and remove it from service. Safety should never find a bad hand tool in service if we all do our job.