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How to safely operate an impact wrench

From office-related RSIs and slips, trips and falls in kitchens, to road collisions and accidents involving heavy-duty machinery, over 78,000 injuries due to accidents at work were reported to the Health and Safety Executive in 2012/13 alone.

When operating hazardous machinery – such as an impact wrench – the risk of accidents at work rises. All tools and equipment poses an element of risk to employees, which can only increase if workers are not adequately trained in their use.

Working with impact wrenches

The impact wrench – also known as an impactor, air gun, and air wrench – is a common power tool which increases the speed and convenience of construction by providing a high torque output, abolishing the need for manual rotation to secure fasteners.

Pneumatic air is used to drive the air gun, to tighten, and untighten, nuts and other elements within the construction process.

Although the impact wrench does reduce the risk of RSI, it can cause other issues, for example, electrocution and injuries from being struck by loose fasteners.

That being said, there are a number of safety precautions that you can take to reduce the risk of work-related injury.

Top 5 impact wrench safety tips:

  1. Do not use the impact wrench without receiving sufficient training for the job in hand
  2. Wear appropriate clothing – ensure sleeves are pulled back, hair is tied back, and do not wear jewellery
  3. Before using the impact wrench, make sure the handle is clean and you are able to maintain a good grip of the tool
  4. Make sure keys do not remain on the wrench when you intend to use it
  5. Keep hands on the handle and away from the torque drive

Claiming for a work-related impact wrench injury

If you have sustained an injury at work while using an impact wrench, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm you have suffered.

In the situation of the accident occurring due to inadequate training or insufficiently maintained tools, for example, it is likely that the blame for your injury lies with your employer.

Should this be the case, Accident Advice Helpline can assist with your accident at work claim.

To get the ball rolling, look online at Accident Advice Helpline’s website. Using their compensation calculator, simply fill in the basic details of your claim and someone will be in touch shortly to advise whether or not your claim is worth pursuing.