Power tool injuries can be severe. Some people have lost fingers or even a hand as a result of an accident with a circular saw. Others have trapped fingers or hurt themselves using electric screwdrivers, drills and all manner of other power tools. The injuries might not be as serious as you would think, but at the same time there can be serious consequences if the power tools are not used in the way they should be.
At home we have to take good care to read instruction booklets and set up the tools correctly before we use them. However, we might still have a chance to claim for compensation if we are injured as a result of the tools being faulty in some way. The manufacturing process is usually exceptionally good, but things can occasionally have the potential to go wrong.
What about in the workplace?
Construction sites will come to mind as places where power tool injuries could occur. These tools will certainly be used in these circumstances. However, the tools provided should be in excellent condition, checked regularly for defects and maintained as well. Those people who are expected to use them should be trained in how to do so if they have not already done so.
Here too there might be the potential for poor workmanship to come into the equation. For example you might end up being hurt if the power tool you have in your hand misfires or fails to work in the proper manner. If the safety guard fell off while you were using it and you cut yourself as a result, this could lead to the possibility of a compensation claim.
Could you claim?
It can be difficult to work out the circumstances of a situation like this, especially if you are dealing with an injury at the time. You will definitely end up feeling as though you have been injured through no fault of your own – but you also need to determine whether your injury was caused by someone else.
This is an area Accident Advice Helpline might be able to help you with. By calling us on 0800 689 0500 you have a chance to speak with an advisor who might help you move in the right direction to claim. Getting compensation for your injury would be perfectly right to do if negligence was to blame.
Date Published: August 22, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Working with tools injury