Tools are one of the most important parts of our workplace. They help us perform tasks and finish work and we all use them daily. Yet these same tools can cause a serious injury when not used properly. Working safely around tools is centered around your knowledge of a tool's design and function, along with awareness of your work environment and coworkers.
TYPES OF TOOLS
There are two main classes of tools; hand, and power. Hand tools are powered by the user. they have less torque and strength, yet are simple and easy to use. Power tools are powered by an external source, such as electricity, air, or fuel. These tools have considerably more strength and are subsequently more dangerous. No matter which tools you use, it is important to inspect them before every use,
Almost every power tool you use, and even some hand tools, have protection implements in place. These can be guards, which cover any blades or sharp components, to power switches, to pressure release valves.
It is important to always check the power supply for the tool you are using and take proper precautions. Do no use a cord that has been in the water, for example, and do not work in an enclosed room if using a tool powered by fuel. Each power source will have its own dangers and you must be aware of them all.