Nelson Tree Service employees expose their hands to many different types of hazardous activities on a daily basis, and hand injuries account for many incidents. The Company has developed a policy for hand tool use and the use of cut-resistant gloves when using a handsaw and/or repairing a tool with a sharp cutting edge.
HAND TOOL SAFETY
The hand tools used by the LCTT (Line Clearance Tree Trimmer) typically have sharp cutting edges. Tools such as hand saws, pruners and files have sharp edges. When handling these tools, they must be handled properly to prevent injury. Training on each hand tool is required. Your foreperson will demonstrate the proper use of the hand tools. Each hand tool shall be used properly and for the intended use. Cut-resistant gloves are required for certain tasks.
Several hand tool safety and use precautions are provided:
- Sharp-edged tools shall not be placed near ropes, climbing lines and fall protection equipment.
- Hand saws shall be kept in the scabbard when not cutting vegetation.
- Pruner poles shall be placed where they cannot fall and strike a person or object.
- Never grab, carry or attempt to pull the pruner pole by the pruner head.