10 safety tips when handling hand and power tools

hand and power tools

Where would we be without our tools and gadgets? Regardless of the type of project, hand and power tools are routine in any construction work zone. They are also frequently disregarded as safety hazards. Hand tools and power tools present a host of potential hazards such as flying objects, electrical shock, falling objects, punctures and lacerations. Here are 10 quick and easy tips for safely working with hand and power tools.

  1. INSPECT YOUR TOOLS.Never issue or use a damaged or defective hand or power tool. Always make sure they are in good working order before and after each use.
  2. PICK THE RIGHT TOOL.Make sure you are using the correct tool for the task at hand. This also means using the right sized bits, blades and accessories on your power tools.
  3. WEAR YOUR PPE. Issue personal protective equipment to your employees and make sure they wear them properly. This comprises of items like safety goggles, hard hats, etc.
  4. DON’T ALTER YOUR TOOLS.Never remove guards or disable safety devices on power tools. Don’t paint or cover up your tools as this could prevent you from noticing chips or cracks.
  5. HANDLE WITH CARE. Tools are not toys. Never throw or toss a tool in the direction of or directly to a coworker. Never use electrical cords to lower or lift a tool to get it to a workspace.
  6. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE.When working with hand and power tools be sure you have enough room to safely operate without coming into contact with other objects or coworkers.
  7. PICK UP AFTER YOURSELF. Don’t leave idle hand tools lying around the job site. They can lead to tripping or be accidentally knocking on someone’s head.
  8. UNPLUG AND DISCONNECT. Don’t leave electric power tools plugged in when not in use, when making adjustments such as replacing blades and bits, or loading fasteners.
  9. KEEP YOUR WORKSPACE CLEAN.A cluttered floor can lead to accidental trips or falls which can be extremely dangerous when working with hand and power tools.
  10. GET TRAINED UP.Make sure you and your employees are thoroughly trained on the proper use of hand and power tools required for the task at hand.


  1. It is cool that you mentioned to never throw or toss a tool to get it to a coworker and to use electrical cords to lower or lift one. If I were an operations manager of a factory, I would install skids to certain tools. Not only will it assure a safe place for the tool to be stored in but also ease the process of handing down from employee to employee.

  2. Hello Dennis,
    Thanks for your great resource. Such an informative post you share it help me more and choose the perfect tools for my home mini task complete. By following your website a great safety ensure to using these tools.

  3. A friend of mine recently applied for a construction job, so he’ll likely be using a lot of these tools. I like your point about always inspecting your tools before and after each use. I’ll definitely suggest this to him so he never makes a costly mistake.

  4. Since you said that the road to construction worker safety is to avoid throwing tools directly in the direction of a coworker, I thought that another way to keep them safe is to devise a safer site layout. For example, for a skyscraper construction project, I would find a mobile ramp system manufacturer to help with the design. Doing this will help make the rest of the site more accessible while keeping in mind their safety at the same time.

  5. Thank you for pointing out that you shouldn’t alter your tools. Making sure you have the best tools seems like it would be important. Hopefully, anyone needing this type of tool looks into getting the best designed one possible.

  6. Such an informative article you had shared. All the information you had perfectly given here. By reading this, I got clear about all the power tools. Those are very essential and also beneficial. Your tips will help to be safe while using those tools. Thanks for sharing this. Keep posting this type of helpful articles. 🙂

  7. I really appreciate your tip to keep your distance from your power tools when they are in use so you can stay safe. My wife and I have been thinking of getting some power tools to help us make a back patio, and we want to make sure that we are safe. If I use power tools, I will be sure to keep my distance.

  8. Thanks for pointing out that utmost care is needed when handling these tools. As you mentioned, they are not toys, so they should never be used as a joke towards anyone. I will keep that in mind and also share it with my brother. This is because we will be buying some for our garage since we will create stuff for fun, and we might be too playful since we are really close. This will assure our safety.

  9. These tips are excellent. I have a lot of power tools since I have been doing some fixing over my house. I have seen professional use these tool with ease but when you are a newbie you really need all the protection you can get and always be careful.


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