How to Use No Touch Hand Tools to Reduce Injuries on Your Job Site

No touch hand tools can help to reduce hand and finger injuries by facilitating safe movement of the load.

Hand and finger injuries are among the most common injuries in rigging, especially in the oil and gas industries. This is because riggers often touch, manipulate, and rig the load with their hands. Have you noticed that the most common accidents in your facility involve employees’ hands and/or fingers? This is probably because your riggers use their hands, rather than a tool, to manipulate loads with pinch points. No touch hand tools are used to control the load from a distance, without physically touching the load. This is particularly useful in situations where a rigger may be at risk to get their hand pinched by or caught in the load. If you are unfamiliar with what no touch hand tools are and how they are used, you have come to the right place. Continue reading this article to learn more about:
  • What no touch hand tools are
  • Reasons to use no touch hand tools
  • Types of no touch hand tools
  • When to use no touch hand tools

What Are No Touch Hand Tools?

No Touch Hand Tools: Hand Tools Examples
No touch hand tools are simple, easily maneuvered products used to manipulate a load without physically touching it. Usually, they resemble a short metal rod with a hook on the end. However, they come in many forms. No touch hand tools are not rated for any Working Load Limit (WLL) and are strictly used to help facilitate safe movement of a lifted load.

Reasons to Use No Touch Hand Tools

There are three main reasons to utilize no touch hand tools as part of your lift plan.
  1. Avoid hand injury
  2. Load control
  3. Maintaining safe distance from the load

Avoid Hand Injury

No touch hand tools are used to handle a load containing pinch points that is not safe to touch or manipulate with your hands. Rather than a rigger using their hands directly on the load, they can use a tool to hook, wrap, or grab the load.

Load Control

No touch hand tools are also used to position and control a load that may sway, spin, or otherwise require handling to maintain proper load control. They are used in similar situations that a tagline may be implemented. No touch hand tools are, essentially, shorter, rigid taglines.