Sewing is an enjoyable and therapeutic pastime for many people. Despite the increasing use of highly technological machines, it also still plays an invaluable role in the manufacturing industry today. Whilst the advent of technology has significantly increased the safety of working with a sewing machine, some dangers still remain.
How can I avoid accidents at work with a sewing machine?
Fortunately, a number of tips are available to help minimise the possibility of being injured at work whilst using a sewing machine. Here are five of the best:
- Keep your fingers away from the needle – Around 60% of all sewing-related injuries that require treatment in a hospital over the course of a year arise from people getting their fingers too close to the action and suffering a puncture wound. With personal protective equipment such as finger guards readily available, these types of personal injuries seem totally unnecessary.
- Turn it off when not in use – Sewing machines can get really quite hot when left turned on. As well as preventing burns at work, turning it off both at the machine and at the plug in point on the wall will also protect your machine in the event of a lightning strike. Whilst such an event may seem unlikely, that’s probably what everyone who was ever injured by one thought.
- Tidy up the cords – Leaving your wires strewn across the floor can all too easily lead to slips, trips and falls at work. If possible, avoid trailing wires across areas where people walk. If this is unavoidable, they should be taped down to the floor and clearly signed.
- Have your machine serviced and checked – Injuries from malfunctioning products are a blight on both productivity and morale in the workplace. Having your machine given the once over every couple of years will keep it in good working order.
- Avoid sewing over straight pins – Not only would doing this probably bend the pins, therefore, diminishing the quality of your stitch, it is also likely to cause them to snap and cause painful injuries at work.
What can I do if I am injured at work?
Fortunately for the victims of workplace accidents, help is at hand. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with years of experience in processing personal injury claims. Our expert legal team works on a no-win, no-fee** basis and usually settles out of court. We can be contacted 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 so do give us a call and see how we can help you.