I usually use either vise grips or small channel locks for those spring clamps. They are nice for places where it's tough to get a screwdriver in though.
Years ago when I was in college I was trying to do something quick, grinding a spot on a fender for my car and a little piece of metal flew up and hit me in the eye. Didn't do anything, didn't have to go to the hospital or anything else (I wear contacts so it might have hit my contact), but I've been pretty careful about wearing safety glasses when doing any kind of a job where particles are thrown toward me. I still never wear them for drilling or using a sawzall though.
2005 Mustang GT
CMS Stage 1 cams, Lito Tune, C&L Racer, CMDP, SR UDP, JBA LT's & catted H, FRPP Touring AB, Koni STR.T, BMR springs, J&M upper/mount, BMR lowers & brackets, J&M pb, Steeda Tri-Ax, Brembos
2009 Ranger XL SCab-4.0, auto, 4WD