Power tools are just that – powerful. However, they can make all kinds of jobs so much easier to do than they would otherwise be. For example if you work on a construction job you’ll find it much quicker to finish your work than you would if you did everything by hand in the way it used to be done.
There are health and safety rules regarding the use of power tools in the workplace. These are there to make sure no one is at any risk of being hurt in some way. The employer who provides the power tools for workers to use should be sure the people using them are trained to do so and can use them safely. The tools also need to be properly maintained at all times, otherwise power tool accidents are going to be more likely than they need to be.
How could you end up being hurt in this kind of accident?
Power tools are dangerous in the wrong hands, and if they haven’t been maintained regularly to keep them in good condition. Fortunately most of the risks associated with using them are mitigated through adequate preparation. This includes training as we mentioned above. It is very easy to assume you know how to use a power tool when in fact you may not be aware of the mechanism at all.
In addition, you will need to think about whether the power tool has been altered in any way. Imagine power tool accidents occurring that involve a circular saw for example. These could be severe and involve the loss of a limb. They are made with safety guards that should prevent this from happening. If the guard has been removed or the saw has been altered to get rid of it or make it work in a different way, you can be sure this would be exceptionally dangerous.
Clearly there is the potential for some serious injuries to arise in a situation like this. It is imperative that all health and safety laws are followed to prevent things from happening.
Accident Advice Helpline is on hand to provide you with no-obligation advice if you do eventually find you are hurt as a result of negligence at work. Call now on 0800 689 0500. We can provide you with the service you want and the possibility of a no win, no fee* claim.
Date Published: August 22, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead