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Utility Knife Safety

In fact, nearly 40 percent of all injuries attributed to manual workshop tools in the US involve

knives with retractable blades.

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.

The following are safety precautions to keep in mind when using utility knives:

  • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes in case a blade breaks.
  • Always use a sharp blade. They are safer than a dull blade.
  • Wear cut resistant gloves and sleeves (at least Level 3) to protect your hands and arms.
  • Hand a utility knife to a co-worker with the handle first.
  • Ensure the blades are properly positioned in the handle before use.
  • Keep extremities out of the cutting path.
  • Don’t apply too much pressure on the blade.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions when changing blades.
  • Dispose of dull or broken blades in a puncture-resistant container.

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