How to safely use pliers in industrial facilities

How to safely use pliers in industrial facilities

How to safely use pliers in industrial facilities

Pliers are essential for gripping and cutting various materials, but it is vital to use them properly to ensure safety and a successfully completed job.

A set of pliers is a standard tool in any industrial worker's tool chest. Be it wire cutting or stripping or fastening larger components like pipes, pliers are essential to numerous jobs. In an industrial setting, they are sure to be an essential component of any machine installation and repair or pipe fitting job. This means workers need to be well informed in their tool selection and use.

Because there are so many different pliers that professionals use, it is vital to know the right and wrong way of using them. Depending on the task you're completing, like the installation of a new machine or HVAC system, the job may call for different specifications. By understanding proper pliers use and safety, you can make sure that you are prepared for any task.

Safety first
Safety is the top priority when you are working in an industrial facility. If you are not able to ensure the safety of yourself and others, you risk the possibility for injury that can hurt your productivity. To avoid improper pliers use, it is vital to observe these safety tips.

Always use pliers for their intended purpose. Do not cut hard wires unless your pliers were designed specifically for that purpose. Avoid placing pliers close to sources of excessive heat when you are working with them as well, as too much can compromise the material properties of the tool, which will ruin them.

Take caution when cutting wires. Make sure to always cut at a right angle and do not bend the wire back and forth along the cutting edge. Use the right tool for the job as well. If you use pliers that are too light for the wire they're cutting, you can do damage to the tip of the tool.

Finally, make sure to observe common sense. Simply because pliers have rubber comfort grips does not mean they will be able to protect you against electrocution, so don't use non-insulated pliers. Further, never use pliers as a hammer or for other functions for which they are not intended. This can not only damage the tool, but potentially create debris that could hurt yourself or people in your vicinity.

Selecting the right tool
These are important guidelines for general plier use, but it is also important to make sure you know the function of each one in your tool chest to capitalize on their effectiveness.

The lineman's side cutting pliers are generally used by professionals in electrical communications and construction. There are two available heads for these known as the Standard and the New England – the former has a bevel nose and the latter a round one. These pliers come with both standard, comfort and insulated grips, and can come with numerous additional features, such as high leverage designs, along with sleeve twisters and threaded bolt-holding openings.

Ironworkers pliers are similar to those of the linemen's except they have a hook bend on one handle and may include a coil spring to keep jaws open. They are usually used to cut soft tie wire.

Long nose pliers come with a variety of different nose heads for different jobs. Typically, they are used to strip or cut wire, and can come in a variety of sizes, based on the space in which they will be used. The key in selecting one of these pliers is knowing in which setting they will be used. The more common settings include electrical, telephone and electronics work. Flat nose pliers also fulfill a similar function.

These are just a few of the numerous pliers available on the market today. Like most tools, the key is knowing in which settings they will be used, and the unique logistical and safety factors that arise with each.