The main use of a corkscrew is to remove a cork from a bottle. This could be wine, cider or any other drink which is corked. It may seem like a simple action but it can cause injury even if you are in the catering business and carry out this task every day.
What types of accidents at work can occur from a corkscrew?
One of the main work injuries that can be caused by a corkscrew is sustained by having a slip, trip or fall whilst holding one of these. The spiral of metal protruding from the corkscrew can be a lethal weapon if you were to fall on it or accidentally walk into someone whilst holding out in front of you.
Another type of work injury that can be sustained by using a corkscrew is the end of the task when the cork comes out of the bottle. The pressure can be quite a lot if it has been shaken so you may find that it is difficult to pull out. If you exert too much pressure you may find your hand moving back quickly when the cork comes out which could cause a work injury as minor as a small bruise but as major as an injury to another worker or even a customer.
How to use a corkscrew safely?
When you carrying a corkscrew around with you should never have it facing forward as this could cause a nasty work injury. Always have the corkscrew facing down exactly as if you were carrying scissors. Also, if the cork is especially stiff to pull out do not exert excessive pressure as this is when an accident at work could happen. Instead wiggle the cork back and forth whilst applying a little more pressure than usual. This way your arm won’t suddenly fly back when it comes out.
If that doesn’t work don’t be afraid to ask one of your colleagues to help, it’s better to ask for assistance then sustain a work injury or worse cause one of your customers an injury.
Accidents at work can and do happen. If you have sustained a work injury within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about making an accident at work claim.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice