If you use pneumatic drills you should be aware that accidents can happen, and when they do, you should seek reputable pneumatic drill accident advice. Expert advice is available through Accident Advice Helpline, which is free to call, 24 hours a day. We employ a team of professional advisers who are on hand to answer questions from people facing similar situations to yours and who are able to provide help and support during these difficult times.
What are the most common types of pneumatic drill accidents?
Pneumatic drills or jack-hammers use compressed air to drive vibrating drills at the base, which penetrate or break up the surface being worked on. As you can imagine, making large holes in materials such as concrete or tarmac requires a great deal of force and vibration. This constant overexposure to vibration can cause health issues if the tasks are not properly managed. The two most common injuries from this overexposure are ‘hand arm vibration syndrome’ and ‘vibration white finger’; both are considered very serious and can cause loss of feeling and strength. These painful conditions can leave you unable to carry out your normal job.
How to prevent pneumatic drill accidents
Continued use of pneumatic drills and other hand-guided power tools may lead to excessive exposure to vibration, which in turn may result in injury. In order to prevent this from happening, you should never operate such tools for long periods of time. Regular breaks should be taken in order to reduce your risk of developing either of these two syndromes.
If your job involves the regular use of pneumatic drills, you should remember that your employer is responsible for making sure that a system is put in place to minimise the chances of these injuries occurring. The easiest way for employers to achieve this is to put in place a rotation system that ensures no employee has to operate a pneumatic drill for more than an agreed period of time. Another simple accident prevention measure is to have all employees properly trained and made aware of the hazards involved, before they begin work.
Training, safety guidelines and liability
If you feel you were not properly trained in how to use a pneumatic tool, were not made aware of the hazards or safety guidelines were not followed, you may have a case and are advised to seek pneumatic drill accident advice. If, after speaking to one of our skilled solicitors, we believe you have grounds for making a claim for compensation, we will be happy to commence legal proceedings for negligence against the liable party.
All you have to do is call Accident Advice Helpline and speak with one of our advisers to find answers to any of the questions you may have. If you subsequently decide to proceed with your case we will allocate you one of our expert lawyers who will file your pneumatic drill claim without delay. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.