Hand & Power Tools

  • Workers must be trained on each type of hand and power tool prior to use. Seek assistance from your Supervisor if you need training or mentorship on a specific tool.
  • Inspect all tools before and after each use. Tag-out and remove from service any damaged or defective tools and inform your Supervisor.
  • Use the right tool for the task. Only use tools and equipment in accordance with manufacturer instructions and intended purpose. Do not exceed capacity or load limits. Never disable or modify safety guards/devices.
  • Never use job-made or modified tools or equipment.
  • Wear a minimum Level-D PPE ensemble including hardhat, eye protection,  cut resistive gloves, safety toe boots and hearing protection for noise >85 dBA. Don a full face shield whenever conditions warrant.


  • Inherently dangerous by design due to sharp edges and points; commonly cause cuts & lacerations if used incorrectly.
  • Puncture wounds—most knives have sharp points. Never carry an open or uncovered knife in your pocket; merely sitting down could cause a puncture wound.
  • Brittle failure and shattering—Knife blades are usually made from hardened steel so they stay sharp longer. But hardened steel can shatter if it is bent or over-stressed. Never use a knife blade as a prying tool.
  • Always cut away from any part of your body and make sure no one else is in the “line of fire”.
  • Always store knives with the blade in a sheath or properly folded or retracted.
  • Never throw a knife to someone.
  • Wear cut & puncture resistive gloves when using a knife.

Electrical Tools

Because electrical tools increase the severity of accidents and the speed which they occur, we must practice a greater level of caution.

  • Know how to use the tool safely. Read the user’s manual. Learn what the tool is designed to do, its limitations, and the potential hazards and required control measures to prevent an accident.
  • Inspect the tool before each use. Look for cracks in the case, missing or damaged guards, and worn or damaged plugs or couplings. Also look for frayed or damaged insulation on the power cord.
  • Extension cords must be gauged at least 12/3 AWG and rated for outdoor construction use; extension cords must be the shortest run possible to the power source.
  • All electrical devices must be fully grounded or double insulated. 100% use of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) connected as close as possible to the power source is required.
  • Do not drag cords over sharp edges or run them across aisles where they can be damaged or cause someone to trip. Protect with cable-cord bridges when cross traffic is unavoidable.