The dangers of pressure washers are both numerous and varied. Pressure washers are an extremely useful tool. They are a fantastic way of getting driveways, patios and other surfaces sparkling. However, as with all industrial tools, using pressure washers comes with a number of risks.
What are the main dangers of pressure washers?
The main danger of pressure washers is simply the power they expel. This power is both a blessing and a potential curse. Whilst it ensures a thorough, effective clean, it also runs the risk of injury. The most common injuries caused by pressure washers are:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Eye injuries
All of the above injuries are caused by the powerful jets of water coming into contact with the body. As well as these injuries, there’s also the risk of the machine going wrong. Malfunctioning industrial machines have the potential to cause serious, debilitating and life-altering injuries.
If you are renting a pressure washer, be sure to read the instructions carefully before using it. For extra peace of mind, you may also wish to request a demonstration from the vendor.
Finally, the other main danger of pressure washers comes from what a good job it does. Surfaces are left both extremely clean, but also very slippery. Avoid walking on pressure washed surfaces until they have totally dried out. Otherwise, you could all too easily suffer a slip, trip or fall.
Can I make a claim if I am injured whilst using a pressure washer?
Being injured because of a pressure washer malfunctioning may mean you are due personal injury compensation. If you have rented the equipment, then it’s reasonable for you to assume that it is safe to use. If you have bought it and you have followed all the guidelines, warranty points etc. then the same logic applies.
Injuries from malfunctioning machines can be extremely serious. Therefore, it can be reassuring to know that help is at hand to get you the compensation you deserve.
Accident Advice Helpline has over 16 years’ experience in processing personal injury claims. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis and are usually able to settle out of court.
A quick look at our unique 30-second claims test will establish your eligibility to claim. You can also call our expert advisors for a no-obligation consultation. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles to get started.
Date Published: April 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice