Construction sites can be dangerous territory for the untrained and ill equipped. In addition to working in precarious locations, hand and power tools can be dangerous, even fatal, if wielded carelessly. This makes it essential to keep your crew well-trained in safety practises and properly equipped to keep your project sites accident free.
Having the basic safety equipment and training
Having the right safety equipment should be a prerequisite for entry onto a construction site. Hard hats, eye and ear protection, face masks, steel toed boots, and thick work gloves are all obvious parts of a construction worker’s arsenal. Not only is it important to have the equipment, it’s also crucial to ensure that workers are utilizing it at the construction site. Strict checks should be enforced to ensure that workers follow protocol and use the proper safety equipment at all times.
An often ignored part of a worker’s arsenal is a proper tool holster. With traditional holsters such as tool belts and bungee cords, there is always the chance of workers avoiding their use due to the cumbersome design. The Gorilla Hook, on the other hand, features an ergonomic design and easy to use operation. Crew members can simply drop the tool into the hook with one hand and go about with their job knowing it will remain there securely. This ease of use ensures that no worker would leave a tool hanging precariously simply to avoid the hassle.
Using the right tools safely and securely
It might be tempting to make do with using your screwdriver as a chisel, but using a tool for a job it wasn’t designed for can be highly dangerous for the user, as well as the equipment. Having a tool holster like The Gorilla Hook ensures that you can carry around all the essential tools uninhibited, so you always have the right tool for the job with you. Moreover, it ensures that the user’s hands are free while navigating scaffolding and climbing ladders, significantly reducing the chances of a stray tool endangering any crew members on the ground. The high quality plastic construction also radically reduces the chance of failure of the hook.
It should also be ensured that proper training is included when bringing a new member onto the team. A worker should be well aware of the safety practices and safety features associated with the particular tool they are using with periodic reinforcement through workshops.
Having the right tool is all well and good, but using a damaged or poorly maintained tool is as dangerous as using the wrong one. Make sure that tools are examined regularly for signs of damage. Hammers and chisels should be checked for mushrooming and the head grinded if required. The handles of all equipment should be checked to ensure that there are no splits or chips and that the surface is smooth. The heads should be checked to make sure they are wedged securely. Power tools should be checked for frayed wires and battery damage. Moreover, cutting tools should always be checked before use to ensure that the blade is sharp, as a dull blade can affect the accuracy of work and generate excessive heat.
All in all, safety is paramount when it comes to working on a construction site. With its simple foolproof design and unrivaled ease of use, The Gorilla Hook makes it all the more easier to work with tools safely.