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OTC Tool safety tech tip.
« on: March 07, 2010, 10:12:00 AM »
Copied in full from OTC tech tips:
http://www.otctools.com/service/tech_tips/Safety.pdf


Tech Tips: Tool Safety.

Using  the  right  tool  for  the  right  job  sounds  simple  enough,  but  too  often  this advice  is ignored,  resulting in damaged  tools,  a  botched  job  and  even  personal injury.   

I  have  found  that  maintaining  a  safe,  well­lighted  working  area,  and choosing to get the right tools actually saves me time and money in the long run.

Here’s a quick review of some of the basics:


Wear eye, ear, and hand protection—the reasons are obvious

Keep your work area clean and uncluttered—look like the pro you are.

Make sure cutting tools are sharp—a dull tool is more dangerous to use

Don’t wear jewelry or loose clothing if you are welding or using rotating power equipment.

Be sure outlets and power tools are properly grounded against electrical shock

Stay focused—it’s better to stop and deal with a distraction than work through it

Clean up spills to avoid slipping—toss oily rags and trash in the right containers

Carry tools safely—never put sharp, pointed or cutting tools in your pockets

There  are  automotive  tools  and  equipment  manufactured  by  companies  like SPX­OTC that have specific uses.  It’s best to read the owners’ manuals even for tools  and  equipment  you  think  are  obvious  to  use,  like  floor  jacks,  pullers,  hub removers, clamps, and other specialty tools.  In short, know the tools you use!

There are also safety issues associated with electronic diagnostics tools.  Today, many  Techs  use  scan  tools,  laptops  or  PC’s  to  do  diagnostics—having  these devices  located  at  the  vehicle  is  essential  to  working  efficiently.    Think  of  the vehicle as your active “workbench” and be aware of the hazards of getting cords tangled in a running engine, or reaching across hot motor parts to get a reading.

The bottom line is to rely on more than common sense.  Stay focused on the job, be  informed  about  the  tools  you  use,  and  don’t  take  workplace  and  personal safety for granted.  It makes a difference.  Any walk­ through of a multi­bay shop will  quickly  indicate  which  Techs  are  the  true  pros  by  how  they  care  for  their
tools, their workspace and, most importantly, for their personal safety.

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« Last Edit: March 07, 2010, 10:18:23 AM by rusty »
Tool do job=Good tool

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OTC Tool safety tech tip.
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Re: OTC Tool safety tech tip.
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2010, 01:50:44 PM »
Good rules all, now if I could do better on #2 I'd be all set.
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Re: OTC Tool safety tech tip.
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2010, 10:15:56 PM »
They forgot one:

Keep long hair tied up and away from moving parts and tucked inside you shirt when on a creeper.

While I'm thinking about it:

Don't wear gloves when working a drill press or lathe.
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Re: OTC Tool safety tech tip.
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2010, 04:05:24 AM »
Good points, keep it up and we'll have a safety section for the new folks.
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Re: OTC Tool safety tech tip.
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2010, 01:28:10 AM »
Keep long hair tied up and away from moving parts and tucked inside you shirt when on a creeper.

ouch I hope you didn't learn that from personal experience

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Re: OTC Tool safety tech tip.
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2010, 11:39:28 PM »
No, I learned about long hair in shop class. The creeper part is recent when P.L.D.G. and I were working on her car and she got her hair tangled in the casters. Not too badly but for a moment I had visions of trying to unwrap long hair from the caster axles.
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Re: OTC Tool safety tech tip.
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2010, 11:46:30 PM »
About anyone who has had long hair has experienced that thrill working on cars. It always seems to find a way out of it's bindings. Yes I speak from painful experience.
« Last Edit: March 13, 2010, 11:49:21 PM by rusty »
Tool do job=Good tool

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Re: OTC Tool safety tech tip.
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2010, 12:47:07 AM »
What is PLDG and why do hippies have long hair?

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Re: OTC Tool safety tech tip.
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2010, 10:03:57 AM »
P.L.D.G. is a member of GH and used to be on GJ. She is a coworker and friend of mine.

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Re: OTC Tool safety tech tip.
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2010, 11:01:19 AM »
P.L.D.G. is a member of GH and used to be on GJ. She is a coworker and friend of mine.


speaking of. where  has she been hiding lately? we have been waiting to hear of this mystery project that has been alluded to.
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Re: OTC Tool safety tech tip.
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2010, 11:53:33 PM »
is she an engineer too?

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Re: OTC Tool safety tech tip.
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2010, 11:58:16 PM »
She's not an engineer but she can sure engineer a situation. :angdev:

She's been too busy at work to post and she has quite the active social life so the tools/garage chat has taken a back seat.  The project is done and I will post up in her stead.

We won't be coworkers more too much longer. She's staying, I'm going and the future is a bit uncertain at the moment.
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Re: OTC Tool safety tech tip.
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2010, 12:17:15 AM »
Don'tsound good  JAFE I wish you the best of luck.
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Re: OTC Tool safety tech tip.
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2010, 01:43:25 AM »
Thanks.

Pretty scary right now.
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Re: OTC Tool safety tech tip.
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2010, 05:38:24 AM »
Good luck Jaffe.
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