General tool use safety

Personal safety equipment:

When working or around others working, wear proper safety and well maintained goggles and protective gloves and aprons.

Below are general safety guidelines that should be followed. Ultimately safe working practices are the responsibility of you.

Hammers

Only use the hammers for the purpose intended. Do select the type and size of hammer that suits the work to be carried out. Do select the type and size of hammer that suits the work to be carried out.

Do not use the hammers as a lever, or pry bar.  Striking with the lateral surfaces may damage the unhardened hammer eye and compromise the secure fit of the shaft. Only use the working surfaces of the hammer. as intended.

Before and during work, check that the handle is not broken or cracked. Check the hammer head is securely attached to the hammer shaft. If so do not use and replace the broken handle with a proper fitted handle as soon as possible.

Never strike two hammers together and never strike steel hammers on work pieces that are harder than 46 HRC – for such purposes, use a suitable soft-face hammer. Avoid bouncing strikes. Do not use any hammer that has a burr on the face or edge.

Remember striking metal objects together can result in breakage and cause flying shrapnel that can result in severe personal injury or injury to others.

Do not store hammers with wooden shafts in environments that are too warm, too dry or too moist. As a natural product, wood loses its moisture and shrinks or swells, which damages the fibers. Both can compromise the fit of the shaft. resulting in the head coming off during use or handle breakage.

In areas where there is a risk of explosion from things like gas vapors or stored chemicals. Use only hammers with the corresponding approval.

 

Tongs

Inspect tongs before and during use.

Avoid leaving tongs in the fire. Although the tongs may look safe to use. The radiant heat can travel the length of the reigns and cause severe burns when touched.

Do properly store tongs in a safe manner. Leaving tongs on the ground can cause a tripping hazard.

Use the right tong for the job. Each tong has a best use design. Although many tongs can be used in different applications there is most likely a best use for each specific tong. Take the time to learn what tongs hold your work best and use that tong. Otherwise joint failure or loss of the work object can result in personal injury. 

Do not use tong for purpose not intended. Using tongs as pry tools can weaken the rivet joints and cause a misalignment of the jaws.

Always use common sense. If it doesn't feel right stop and think. This will ensure many years of long tool life and enjoyment in your shop.