Whatever industry you work in and no matter what activities you undertake, employees are at risk of injury.
Although accidents at work do occur across all sectors, specialised tools and machinery, such as bandsaws, are an additional hazard for workers in some industries, and can lead to more severe injuries.
Working with bandsaws
Bandsaws are a particularly dangerous piece of equipment. Used in woodwork – and thus, typically in the manufacturing industry – the bandsaw is a fixed, rotating serrated saw.
As you can imagine, working with electric saws of such nature does pose a risk to workers, however, there are a number of safety guidelines that can be followed to reduce the risk of accidents at work.
Top 5 bandsaw safety tips
- Always ensure that you have received appropriate training before operating bandsaws, and any other machinery and equipment
- Wear suitable safety attire while using the bandsaw, including eye protection
- All wood should be checked to ensure that it is fit for use
- Make sure all guards are in place, including the wheel, blade, and adjustable guard
- When operating the bandsaw, hands should be kept to the side of the blade
Accidents at work and employer’s liability
If you incur an injury while at work, through no fault of your own, it is likely that your employer will have failed in their responsibility to ensure your health and safety while you are at work.
As a duty of care to employees is a legal obligation, if your accident occurred due to a lack of appropriate training or failure to provide suitable clothing or a safe working environment, for example, then you may have a valid case for compensation.
How to claim for your work-related injury
The easiest way to initiate a claim is to seek advice from a law firm.
Accident Advice Helpline has the experience in dealing with work-related compensation claims, and have a team of specialist lawyers who are dedicated to helping victims of personal injury receive the pay-out they deserve.
On Accident Advice Helpline’s website, claimants are able to complete the ’30-second test’ which provides the legal firm with the basics of your case, so they are able to advise whether it is worth furthering your case.
Once the validity of your claim is established, Accident Advice Helpline will pass your claim to a suitable lawyer, who will fight your corner on a no-win, no-fee* basis to receive the best outcome possible.
Date Published: January 15, 2014
Author: David Brown