Avoid Accidents and Injuries as a handyman
Some things might sound common sense but a handyman does all types of work around a house or business, which is why they need to be well-versed and reminded in so many areas as to how to avoid accidents and injuries on the job. The best handymen will not tackle anything that they are not one hundred percent sure that they can do safely. Stupidity can be costly.
Stupidity like that can end up being costly.
Here are 5 ways to avoid accidents and injuries on the job as you complete the work of a handyman:
- Never Remove the Blade Guard on a Saw
That blade guard may cause you some grief every once in a while, but it is there for a reason! Unless you want to be missing at least one body part in the future, please, always leave this little piece in place!
2. Never Keep Your Free Hand Near the Area You Are Nailing
Nails are pesky little things because they never go in straight like you want them to. Whether you are using a hammer or a nail gun, you should keep your free hand far away from the area that you are placing the nail into. If you don’t, you may find that you have just nailed your hand to what you are working on. This may seem common sense but in the working moment, it can happen.
3. Always Wear Protective Eyewear
Splinters of wood, metal fragments, and other items can quickly reach your eyes, which is why it is always imperative to wear protective eyewear when doing construction work. If any of these items find their way into your eye, you could end up with a massive infection or even losing your eyesight.
4. Place Ladders Properly to Avoid Falls
Ladders never seem to stand sturdy like they should, which is why you should always have someone with you when you are climbing them. Since that isn’t always possible, you should place the ladder properly, so it has as little movement as possible. We also recommend using the lowest rung that you can for the job at hand and never stand on the top rung for anything.
5. Avoid Back Pain accidents and injuries on the job by Lifting Properly
Most materials are heavy, which is why so many handymen have injured backs at some point during their career. We recommend not lifting more than you can handle and always bend at the knees and lift from your legs.
These five tips should help you do your work without getting injured or having an accident of any kind. We always say, “if in doubt, don’t do it”, because your safety is worth more than any job!