If you work with power tools for woodwork or other materials you may know all about the potential hazards and potential accidents at work that come with the job. There are so many different tools that could cause a serious accident at work injury claim and one tool which could cause damage is a floor sander.
What is a floor sander?
The name pretty much describes what this power tool does. Its purpose is to sand floors down to make them smooth and splinter free. The floor sander may also be used to help prep wooden flooring for varnishing or even to ensure there are no bumps underneath carpet.
How could a floor sander cause an accident at work?
Like all power tools, wherever you have a mechanical tool you always run the risk of a work injury. In this case a sander being powered electrically at that speed could seriously rub you raw if you were to get in the way of it, thus causing a painful accident at work claim. As well as this you also run the risk of the sander malfunctioning if not properly maintained which can cause something as minor as the machine cutting out, to a more serious work injury claim in the form of an electric shock.
How to prevent a work injury claim with a floor sander?
The most important thing is to make sure your surface is clear of debris so that the machine does not get stuck or start sanding something it shouldn’t. As well as this, make sure you are wearing goggles and a mask to prevent the saw dust from getting into your lungs and eyes, as this could cause serious impairment and possibly lead to a major work injury claim. Also, ensure the floor sander is checked and maintained regularly to avoid any faults. If you are worried that there may be something wrong with it then report this directly to your manager to get it checked out and don’t start using it until you are happy it is working fine.
But, accidents at work do happen so if you do get a work injury that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone helpline – 0800 689 0500 – to find out how much your potential claim could be worth.
Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown