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TOOL SAFETY
comes to using hand tools.
* Do not use tools for jobs they are not
intended to do.
* Do not apply excessive force or pressure on tools.
* Do not cut towards yourself when
using cutting tools.
* Do not wear bulky gloves to operate
hand tools.
* Do not use tools for electrical work
unless they are designed for electrical work.
Assured Auto Works' Kline says a best
practice is to "always be mindful of what
you are doing." For example, when using
a pry bar, make sure it is in a position
where it won't slip. The same goes for
using a wrench; be aware of what would
happen if it were to slide off, he notes.
"There was one time where the oil
filter was super tight, and I was using oil
filter pliers to loosen it," Kline says. "It
slipped and my hand was cut fairly badly

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by something under the car. So, consider
what could happen if a tool slips. You
don't want to bust your knuckles."
To reach newer and younger technicians, HTI plans to build an online video
library in 2020 comprised of proper hand
tool use categorized by type of tool such
as wrenches, pliers, hammers, cutting
tools, etc. The video library will be hosted
on the HTI website, hti.org, and be available to all members to utilize.
When it comes to tool maintenance
and safety, it is equally important to care
for hand tools to ensure longevity and
durability. One best practice is to keep
hand tools well maintained and stored
appropriately to safeguard the tools'
condition.
This means not leaving tools out in
the environment or around water to prevent corrosion, as well as examining each
tool before each use for signs of damage.
Also, wiping down tools at the end of

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each use or shift can prevent incidents
from happening the next time they are
used. For example, remove any grease
from handles to avoid slippage.
As tempting and as simple as it may
seem to pick up a hand tool and get to
work, remember that there are safety
reminders and training in place for a
reason. No job or deadline is worth the
risk of getting injured. Proper hand tool
use and care keeps everyone safe.

Contributors to this article:
Brin Kline
Owner of Assured Auto Works

Chuck Loparo
Director of Sales and Marketing
at Midwest Tool, Active member
of the Hand Tool Institute


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Fleet Maintenance

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fleet Maintenance

Vehicles: What's Next in Federal Vehicle Emissions Standards?
In the Bay: Technician Tool Support
Shop Operations: State of the Industry
Taking the Extra Step to Prevent Wheel-offs
Planning Ahead for Vehicle Cybersecurity Threats
Management: How Do You Know When to Replace a Vehicle?
Economic Outlook: Won't Get Fooled Again
Letter from the Editor: Real-world Views on Parts, Service, and Operations
Tools & Equipment
Classifieds
Guest Editorial: Moisture in Trailer Brakes is Not Just a Nuisance
Hand & Specialty Tools Supplement
Specialty Hand Tools: The Problem Solvers
Time to Multitask
Get a Hold on Hand Tool Safety
Electric Vehicle Tool Set
Tool Review
Products
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Fleet Maintenance - Planning Ahead for Vehicle Cybersecurity Threats
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Fleet Maintenance - Management: How Do You Know When to Replace a Vehicle?
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Fleet Maintenance - Economic Outlook: Won't Get Fooled Again
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Fleet Maintenance - Letter from the Editor: Real-world Views on Parts, Service, and Operations
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Fleet Maintenance - Classifieds
Fleet Maintenance - Guest Editorial: Moisture in Trailer Brakes is Not Just a Nuisance
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Fleet Maintenance - Hand & Specialty Tools Supplement
Fleet Maintenance - A2
Fleet Maintenance - Specialty Hand Tools: The Problem Solvers
Fleet Maintenance - A4
Fleet Maintenance - Time to Multitask
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Fleet Maintenance - Get a Hold on Hand Tool Safety
Fleet Maintenance - A8
Fleet Maintenance - Electric Vehicle Tool Set
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