A needle scaler is a vital part of any mechanic’s tool kit, but using machinery and tools carries risks and if you’ve been injured in an accident at work, you may be able to claim compensation.
What is a needle scaler and how can it cause work-related injuries?
A needle scaler is not the biggest or most powerful of tools, but it performs a host of important tasks. This piece of kit enables mechanics to reach parts, which cannot be reached by hand and this enables them to be cleaned; it is almost impossible to carry out repairs on dirty parts, so using a needle scaler is essential.
A needle scaler cleans mechanical parts using compressed air; the air flow causes the piston inside the needle gun to move and this gradually breaks up debris and blasts away dirt. Once the parts are clean, it is much easier to carry out repairs.
Injuries that may result from using a needle scaler include hearing impairment, eye injuries, cuts and lacerations.
Important safety instructions: Using a needle scaler safely to prevent work accidents
When using a needle scaler, it is important to follow these safety instructions:
- wear appropriate protective clothing, including eye masks and ear defenders
- ensure all tools are well-maintained and checked on a regular basis
- wear suitable clothing
- ensure all loose clothing, jewellery and glasses are removed or secured
- always maintain good posture
- keep the work area clean and free from obstructions
- never leave the needle scaler unattended when it is running
- follow the instruction manual
Can I claim compensation for a work-related injury?
If you’ve been injured at work within the last 3 years and you can prove that you were not to blame, you may be eligible for work accident compensation. Compensation is a means of covering lost earnings and easing financial pressures and it can help to give you peace of mind, as well as enabling you to recover without worrying about bills and mortgage payments.
If you are unsure whether or not you have a valid claim for work injury compensation, visit Accident Advice Helpline website or contact the 24 hour helpline. Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000 and is endorsed by consumer rights champion, Esther Rantzen; their expert personal injury lawyers will do everything they can to get you the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown