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Date PostedDecember 29, 2012

Ensuring Tool Safety in Construction

Hand and power tools are a useful commodity on construction sites but without the proper attention to safety these can be turned into dangerous weapons.

It is vitally important the workers use hand and power tools only for their manufactured purpose and according to manufacturer’s requirements. Also workers involved in the use of these tools must be fully trained and competent to do so safely.

When choosing the right tool for the job, also consider ergonomics of the tool and its appropriateness for the task. Awkward postures that strain the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands or back can be avoided by using the correct tools in the correct way. Bending, twisting and reaching are examples of awkward postures. Tool use and body positioning the work piece will affect your shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand or back posture. Choosing an ergonomic tool is vital to ensure that the least continuous force can be used without awkward postures.

Select tools designed for the intended and specific purpose. Using a tool for something other than its intended purpose often damages the tool and could cause you pain, discomfort or injury. Thereafter assess your work space to determine which tool will work efficiently and safely in that space. By utilising tools safely you can ensure you do not cause pain or injury to yourself or co-workers.

 

Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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