Some cutting and modelling tasks are harder to achieve than others. If you wanted to cut an intricate shape out of a piece of wood for example, you couldn’t do it with a handsaw. In these circumstances you’d likely use a jigsaw to do it. This has a small blade and is able to cut directly up and down so you can achieve the exact shape you want.
It can also potentially cause you injury if you aren’t careful how you use it. Every jigsaw will come with proper instructions and safety information and you should read this before you start using the product. This could save you from suffering jigsaw injuries you could easily have avoided.
What about using a jigsaw at work?
In some workplaces tools such as a jigsaw might be used to achieve certain tasks. If your job description requires you to use tools like this, you must get proper instruction on how to use them before you do anything else. Your employer must ensure you receive this instruction and have protective safety gear on before using it too. Many jigsaw injuries that do happen – under any circumstances – can easily be prevented. As such you can easily make sure you stay safe at work if your employer has a good health and safety programme in place.
If you are hurt it would be imperative to get medical help as quickly as possible. This would be particularly important if the injury was a serious one. In addition you should think about gathering evidence of what happened. This could be the easiest way to prove a compensation claim if you decide to go ahead with one.
What compensation could you claim?
The amount you might claim would depend on your jigsaw injuries and how severe they were. For example the loss of a finger might result in a higher amount of compensation than a small scar on the back of your hand. Other factors will feed into the final result though if you are successful in claiming an amount of compensation for what happened to you.
You can see the whole situation might be complex and a little confusing, especially if you have injuries you need to recover from. If you’ve been hurt by a jigsaw and you think someone else was to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 right now.
Date Published: August 22, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead