A Nelspruit man sentenced to 15 years in jail for hammer assault. Here’s what this story can teach you about hand tool safety

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 11 Jun. 2014

Tags: hand tool safety, hand safety, ohs training, safety gloves, safety goggles, ppe, workplace injuries

On Monday the 9th of June, the Nelspruit Regional Court sentenced a man to 15 years in jail. News24 reports the man tried to kill his wife with a hammer and left her brain damaged.

Now, your employees might not use their hand tools to kill each other, but this story does highlight how dangerous they can be if they’re not used properly.

If you don’t train your employees on how to use them safely, they could suffer serious injuries.

The good news is, we have four tips you can use to improve your employees’ hand safety. Keep reading to discover what they are…

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Five common injuries hand tools can cause

A hand tool won’t normally cause brain damage unless it’s in very unusual circumstances. 
They’re more likely to cause workplace injuries such as:
- Broken fingers;
- Serious cuts;
- Severed fingers;
- Eye injuries; and
- Serious bruising.
Not all of these are serious, but any injury that stops your employee using his hands, means lost productivity for you.
So to protect your employees and your productivity rate, use these four hand safety tips…

Four tips for improve hand safety

According to the Health and Safety Advisorif you want to improve hand safety you must:
Tip 1: Ensure all your employees wear the right PPE at all times. When they work with hand tools, they should wear safety gloves and safety goggles.
Tip 2: Get your employees to do their own micro hazard assessment for hand tool safety. This involves getting them to check the condition of the tool and where they’re using it.
Tip 3: Ensure your employees choose the right safety gloves for the job. Different hand tool dangers may require different types of gloves. 
Tip 4: Provide proper OHS training on the safe way to use hand tools, power tools and machinery that can cause serious injuries.
With these four tips, your employees will be able to use their hand tools effectively and safely. 
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