As part of our National Safety Month coverage, HandsOnTools set aside this week to share safety practice guides on key subjects. Workplace hazards can't be eliminated, but they can be minimized; the job is dangerous enough without leaving safety procedures and practices to chance.
Start by identifying the most common, easily-mitigated hazards of automotive work and taking steps to prevent them. This will address the majority of work-related injuries at a stroke, so it's worth taking time to deal with the basics. Slips, trips, and falls account for a great deal of on-the-job injuries mechanics suffer, so keep your floors clean and free of obstructions.
Portable and stationary power tools have their own associated hazards, so acquaint yourself with the specific best safety practices for each before putting them to use. Electrical hazards, while not a leading cause of garage injuries, nonetheless deserve special attention: while rare, electrical injuries are particularly debilitating and painful.
Please, take the time to review and refine your garage or workshop's safety practices. Work safe, everyone, and enjoy your summer.