Power tools are great for getting jobs done more quickly. Can you imagine how hard it would be to put a screw into a wall without the aid of a drill, or to nail down new floorboards in an entire room without the aid of a nail gun?
While many people have used power tools, and do so in their own homes while working on DIY tasks, some people use them at work. For example, electricians, plumbers and carpenters would all need to use power tools of one kind or another while doing their work. Therefore, it’s very important to learn why and how you should be using power tools safely at all times.
Using power tools safely is a lot easier when you are in the habit of performing basic checks before you use them. For example, is the cord frayed or otherwise damaged in some way? Are any wires exposed? Is the actual body of the drill or nail gun or whatever else you’re using intact, or damaged? These quick checks could save your life.
If you’re hiring power tools, or your employer has made them available to you, the person hiring them out or otherwise providing them has a duty of care to ensure they are safe to use. If you are injured while using a power tool and you were using it correctly, it could turn out to be negligence on the part of that individual that led to your accident and injury occurring.
Staying safe at work
Apart from the potential for electrocution, there is also the chance you could be hurt by the power tool itself if it suddenly stops working. No one would want to be on the wrong end of a drill, for example. However, it is also essential to make sure you have received appropriate training if you are required to use any kind of power tool in the workplace.
If you’ve arrived on this site because you’ve already suffered an injury while using a power tool at work, it’s possible there could be a case for compensation to be paid. At Accident Advice Helpline, our professional injury compensation lawyers could take on your case if there is evidence that negligence on the part of another party is to blame. Call 0800 689 0500 to see whether we can help in any way.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead