Safety Considerations When Using Pliers

This post was last updated on November 15th, 2022 at 10:37 am

It doesn’t matter what kind of pliers you’re using – whether that’s linesman, water pump, jewelry, screw removal, or any other type of pliers, there are some basic safety tips you should be aware of. Pliers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, each designed for a specific function or perhaps a combination of uses.

Their versatility makes them a go-to tool in all sorts of situations – whether you’re fixing a leaky sink at home, working on an automotive production line, or installing electric fences on a farm. There will be a pair of pliers in your toolbox, and you should know how to use them safely. Here are some safety considerations when using pliers:

Safety Considerations When Using Pliers

Some Safety Considerations When Using Pliers:


  • Wear safety glasses or goggles when you use pliers to cut wire or remove a stripped screw. Small parts of metal might fly. Make sure your eyes are always protected.
  • If you need to cut hardened wire, use pliers specifically made for that purpose. You could ruin the pliers and risk harming yourself.
  • Always cut the wire at right angles, and don’t bend it against the cutting edges of the pliers.
  • Occasionally oil your pliers. Just a drop at the joint is enough. It will extend the life of the tool and make using them easier.
  • Only use pliers that are in good condition. Much more force is required if the cutting edges are dull and worn. Greasy or damaged jaws can compromise the safety, so ensure they’re clean and sharp.
  • Replace the worn tool otherwise, you’ll compensate with extra force to hold the workpiece. This increases the risk of muscular fatigue, repetitive strain injury, and accidents.


  • When you need greater leverage, don’t extend the length of the pliers. Get a larger pair that are made for the job, or use adjustable pliers. Make sure they hold the workpiece firmly while you maintain a comfortable and positive handgrip.
  • Don’t use lightweight pliers when working with a stiff wire. You might damage the teeth of the pliers; use a heavier set.r expose pliers of any kind to excessive heat levels. You might change the tool’s properties and render it useless or dangerous.
  • Never use pliers as a hammer, and never use a hammer on plier handles. They may become nicked or even crack and break if you do so.
  • Don’t use pliers on large nuts or bolts. They might slip and damage the workpiece, or you could slip and damage yourself. Use a wrench.
  • Comfort grips on regular pliers do not offer any protection against electric shock. Never use pliers near live electric circuits unless you’re certain they are safe for electrical use. Never, ever attempt to cut a ‘hot’ wire.

This is not an exhaustive list by any means. When it comes to safety in the workplace, follow the workplace guidelines. If you’re unsure, ask someone. If you feel uncomfortable, don’t do it. The same applies at home. Don’t risk your health and safety, nor that of anyone around you.

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