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Urrea Tool Safety Tips

General

  • Always use the correct type and size tool for the job.
  • Always keep your tools in good working condition.
  • Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes.
  • Plastisol covered handles are for user comfort-not electrical insulation.
  • Never use a tool as a hammer unless it's manufactured for that purpose.
Wrenches
  • Never use a pipe extension or other form of 'Cheater' to increase the leverage of any wrench.
    Select a wrench whose opening exactly fits the bolt or nut.
  • When possible, always pull on a wrench handle and adjust your stance to prevent a fall if sudden release occurs.
  • To free a frozen nut bolt, use a striking face wrench.
  • Adjustable wrenches should be tightly adjusted to the nut or bolt, and pulled so that the force is on the side of the fixed jaw.
  • Discard any wrench with a bent handle or broken housing.
  • Do not use a pipe wrench on square stock, such as a pipe tap or extractor.
  • Never use a pipe wrench to bend, raise or lift a pipe.
  • Never use hand sockets or attachments on power tools.
  • When using power/impact sockets and attachments always use the appropriate socket retaining system.
Clamp
  • Discard any C-Clamp that has a bent frame or spindle.
  • Never use a C-Clamp for hoisting work or supporting a scaffold or platform that may be used to hold people.
Punches & Chisels
  • Never use cold chisels for cutting or splitting stone or concrete.
  • Never use a dull punch or chisel, or one with a mushroomed head.
  • Discard any punch or chisel if it is bent or shows dents, cracks, chips, mushrooming or excessive wear.
Pliers & Snips
  • Pliers should not be used for cutting hardened wire unless specifically manufactured for that purpose.
  • Don't bend stiff wire with light pliers.
  • Needle nose pliers can be damaged by using the tips to bend too large a wire.
  • Use the correct size and type of snips for the job.
  • Don't try to cut sharp curves with straight cut snips.
Screwdrivers
  • Make sure the tip fits the slot of the screw-not too loose or tight.
  • Don't use a screwdriver for prying, punching, chiseling, scoring or scraping.
  • Don't use a screwdriver (or any other tool) near live electrical wires.
  • Discard a screwdriver that has a worn or broken handle.
Pullers
  • Always select the proper puller for the pulling job-always use a puller equal to or larger than required.
  • Always use hand tools on puller, avoid the use of power tools.
  • Always make sure that the puller is aligned with the shaft, assuring a straight pull during its operation.
Hammers
  • A hammer blow should always be struck squarely with hammer striking face parallel with surface being struck.
  • Always avoid glancing blow as well as over and under strikes.
  • When striking another tool (chisel, punch, etc.), the striking face of hammer should have a diameter approximately 3/8" larger than the struck face of the tool.
  • Never use one hammer to strike another hammer or hatchet.
  • Never use a striking or struck tool with a loose or damaged handle.
  • Discard any striking or struck tool if the tool shows dents, cracks, chips, mushrooming or excessive wear.
  • Never regrind, weld or reheat a treated hammer.
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