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January 11, 2016

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Everything You Need to Know About Insulated Tools

Using insulated tools is not always a priority for professionals working in the presence of live electrical current. From a performance standpoint, the same task can be accomplished with regular tools. With one important difference: insulated tools offer user protection against electrical shock up to 1000 V.

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December 02, 2015

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How to Choose and Maintain Your Next Ratchet

Ratchets are one of the mechanic’s most used tools. In today's market you will find in a variety of lengths and designs all created to help complete repairs quickly and efficiently. If you are wondering what to look for in your next ratchet, read on.

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November 23, 2015

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5 Reasons Hand Tools Make for a Meaningful Holiday Gift

Holiday shopping can be a stressful activity for many busy people. Long lists of family and friends to visit and buy gifts for, crowded malls, and little time to do all the shopping.

You want your effort to be rewarded with finding a meaningful gift your loved ones will appreciate long-term.

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October 23, 2015

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The Gray Tools Story-First Factory (1912-1928)

The year 1912 was one of great personal significance for Alex Gray in that it set his family's course for a century. Alex, now twenty-nine, and two of his brothers incorporated the Gray Manufacturing & Machine Company Limited in September. The letterhead described the company as a "Manufacturer of steam and power pumps and special machinery".

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December 05, 2014

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Choosing the Right Toolbox: 6 Essential Considerations (Infographic)

If you are in the market for your fist toolbox to store your ever-expanding tool collection, or decided that the existing toolbox won't do anymore, make sure you consider the following 6 factors before making a decision.

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June 23, 2014

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6 Tips to Ensure Workplace Safety (Infographic)

Safety in the workplace is at the forefront of industry and government officials thinking. Together they have come up with suggestions on how managers can provide a safer work environment for their employees and cut down on the number of injuries and fatalities occurring across the nation.

The following are some eye-opening workplace safety statistics:

  1. Nearly one million workers are injured on the job every year. 
  1. On average, there are three workplace related deaths in Canada every day. 
  1. The manufacturing industry saw the second highest death total across Canadian industries. 
  1. Workplace fatalities and injuries in Canada cost the economy roughly $19 billion per year. 

What You Can Do

Given the social and economic costs of poor workplace safety, managers and employees need to do everything in their power to ensure they are running safe industrial operations. Follow these tips to make sure that you’re being as safe as possible on the job: 

  1. Use a tool only for its intended purpose. 
  1. Inspect your tools on a regular basis for wear and tear. 
  1. Use the right tools for the right job in hazardous situations, such as non-sparking and nonmagnetic tools. 
  1. If you don’t have the right tool for the job, don’t improvise. Ask for the correct tool. 
  1. Tag all defective tools and remove them from the work environment. 
  1. Always wear the required protection when using hand tools. 

Although these tips may seem like common sense, many business executives say employees often ignore safety best practices. This increases the chance of injury for the worker and other personnel. By following these tips, you can ensure that you and your peers are limiting the potential safety hazards at your facility.

The infographic below summarizes the 6 tips to ensure workplace safety.