Ways to reduce the risk of injury while using a pry bar

  • Select a tool that was designed for the job
  • Check that the tool is in good working condition before using it
  • Put the tip of the pry bar all the way into the winch. Pry bars with a nub at the tip help to hold the bar in place during use.
  • The length of the pry bar is important. If it’s too short, there won’t be enough room to place your hands and gain leverage. If it’s too long, the bar will be awkward to handle.
  • Using a pry bar with knurled (non-slip) grip will help keep your hands in place. Using gloves that have grip material on the palms will further improve your hold.
  • If a pry bar is broke, make sure you take it out of service by removing and tagging it.