Tools can and do make our lives much easier in many ways. Imagine how hard it would be to put up a picture or a shelf without the aid of a drill, for example. While many people might have drills, electric screwdrivers and other tools at home, others will use them through the course of their work. In these situations, being injured by a faulty tool could potentially mean they are unable to carry on working for a time while the injury heals.
In the case of working with power tools and tools of other kinds, there should be little reason or chance to be injured by one of those tools. This is because the employer must provide proper training in how to handle each tool and use it safely. Additionally, these tools should receive regular maintenance and safety checks, so those using them know they can do so safely.
Whose fault is it if someone is injured by a faulty tool?
A tool can be faulty if it is designed in an unsafe manner, or if it is manufactured in a way that makes it potentially dangerous. For example, let’s suppose a particular tool has a safety cut-out that automatically comes into play in certain situations to protect the user. If that cut-out has never worked properly, any accident that could have been prevented by that cut-out feature could be the fault of the manufacturer.
Fortunately, such situations are rare indeed. However, even if the tool is perfect when purchased, a lack of maintenance and improper use through a lack of training could both make the tool potentially dangerous to use.
What kinds of injuries might you have?
If you have been injured by a faulty tool, you may end up with injuries to your hands that are quite severe. A lot would depend on the type of tool being used and exactly how the accident happens. If you have personal protective equipment on, you may be able to prevent serious injuries from occurring even if a tool is faulty.
Whatever happened when you were injured, you should find out whether someone else was negligent in allowing the accident to occur in the first place. Accident Advice Helpline’s advisors will have the answers you need. Call now on 0800 689 0500 and find out why we are the number one personal injury specialist in the UK.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead