There’s one hand tool that demands your respect over many others in the workplace, a tool that can cut you to the bone in an instant . . . the utility knife.
Many workers use utility knives to cut drywall, ceiling tile, strapping, puncture shrink wrap and open packaging. But one wrong move and these blades can do serious harm.
In fact, nearly 40 percent of all injuries attributed to manual workshop tools in the US involve utility knives. Many accidents involving utility knives occur for the following reasons:
Drawing the knife towards you instead of away from your body
Working with a dull blade. (Dull blades require more pressure, increasing the potential for injury)
Trying to cut more than the knife can handle
Improperly storing the knife with the blade extended
Failing to wear personal protective equipment
Neglecting to inspect the tool before use
There have been cases where workers have suffered injuries from exposed blade tips. This is because the blades did not completely retract into the handle if it was a retractable blade. In our case, we use fix blades, but where we store them is also important. We recently had an incident where an employee placed his utility knife inside a tool bag and when he put his hand inside the bag and he suffered a cut.
A knife is used for cutting, and cutting only
Never use a knife as a screwdriver or prying tool
Always make cuts away from your body
Do not use too much pressure to cut
Never use a defective knife – such as one with a broken handle, blade or lock system
Always be sure the knife is sharp
Dull knives lead to injury because more pressure is needed to make the cut and this can result in slips
Never throw a knife
If you have to make cuts close to your body, be sure to wear the proper PPE to avoid injury
Gloves and Kevlar sleeves are available for certain cutting applications
Always carry a knife in its sheath
Never leave a knife uncovered on a table or workbench
Always store the knife with the cutting edge down or covered, keep it on the pouch and not exposed.
Treat even the smallest cut
Blood Poisoning or infections can develop if cuts are not treated properly
Make sure you are using the right knife for the job. A good sharp knife should cut without difficulty, allowing you to get the job done quickly and safely.
REMEMBER!! Utility knives are extremely handy on the job, but they can also be handy in causing serious injuries.
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