Hand tools are used by ever worker on the construction site. Despite their wide spread use in some cases workers are given little to no training. Further workers are not always required to do an inspection prior to their use. In order to ensure workers are safe while using hand tools a safe work procedure in advance is critical. What is a hand tools safe work procedure and when should you use it on a construction site?
A safe work procedure for hand tool usage is a form that is completed on construction sites by workers and their supervisors before they perform activities involving hand tools. It’s purpose is to do a general review of safety hazards to determine if any exist, and how the work should be performed.
Prior to use, the worker reviews the checklist. In the event of deficient items they either address them or bring them to their supervisors attention. Proper training and planning must go into the work before the checklist is given to the worker.
This check list template focuses on excavation and trenching. It includes the following fields:
- Questions on training
- Questions on the actual tool
- Questions on the surrounding area
- Questions on any safety components of the tool
- Construction project name and number
- Date inspected
- Location inspected
- Inspection team
This form has been created in Microsoft Excel but any modern day spreadsheet software should be able to open it.
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