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How to safely operate a heat gun

Heat guns are used in many industries, from automotive, aerospace and electronics industries, to construction, maintenance, medical or packaging applications. Depending on type and accessories, they can be used to strip paint, de-solder electronic circuit boards, shrink-wrap packages and more. Wherever they are used, it is vital to follow safety instructions to prevent potentially serious work accidents.

Accidents at work

Depending on their type or application, heat guns can reach temperatures anywhere between 100 degrees C (200 degrees F) and 700 degrees C (1300 degrees F). In order to prevent personal injuries, it is therefore vital never to point them at unprotected body parts, skin, or hair. Depending on the work to be carried out, protective clothing may also be necessary.

Heat guns and injuries at work

When heat guns are used in applications involving plastics, solder, and other materials with the potential to release toxic fumes when heated to melting point, it is also necessary to prevent work injuries by opening windows, working outside and wearing breathing masks.

Basic safety precautions

Naturally, it is important to remember that electricity and water do not mix. To avoid potential workplace accidents, it is best to avoid using heat guns close to or above uncovered water. Ensuring the tool is suitable for the job to be done, including checking airflow rates, temperatures and compatibility of the material to be worked on with the application of heat is also essential to prevent accidental injury. In addition, it is important to properly maintain heat guns and ensure they remain in good working order.

Industrial injury compensation

If you are injured at work due to someone else’s fault, you may qualify for work injury compensation. You may, for instance, suffer a personal injury because:

  • You were not given the necessary protective equipment
  • You were not properly trained in the use of a heat gun
  • The heat gun was defective or not properly maintained
  • The heat gun you were asked to use was unsuitable for the job
  • Someone else pointed a heat gun at your skin or hair

Whatever the reason, in order to be eligible to claim injury compensation, you must file your claim within no more than a maximum of three years from the day your injury happened.

Claiming for compensation

Fill in the compensation calculator on Accident Advice Helpline’s website or call their freephone number to speak to one of this law firm’s advisors to find out whether you have a claim and, if so, initiate the claim process.