When it comes to accidents at work, some industries are considerably more dangerous than others. Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive show that while only around five per cent of the working population of Britain are employed in construction, it accounts for over a quarter of all reported injuries at work over the course of an average year.
This is for two main reasons. Firstly, the nature of the work itself often puts workers at risk of accidents and injuries. Secondly, many construction site accidents are caused by the malfunctioning machinery or improper use of tools.
One such tool is a power drill. An undoubtedly useful device in terms of easing the workload, it also has the potential to cause serious workplace accidents and injuries if not used properly.
Here is a seven-step, stay safe guide to using a power drill:
- The first step to avoiding injures with power drills is to check the working environment and where you plan to drill. For example, you must always check any walls for the presence of electric cables before beginning work. Catching a live wire as you drill can cause potentially fatal injuries at work.
- You also need to check yourself. No loose clothing or dangling jewellery should be worn as they can easily get caught in the drill, particularly if you are leaning over the tool. Extra protective equipment, such as gloves and goggles, should also be worn.
- Always unplug the drill before changing the drill bit and be wary that it will have become hot during use.
- Make sure that the drill bit you are using is correct for the task at hand. For example, high-speed steel bits are required for drilling through metal.
- When drilling into tiles, keep the drill on course by sticking some masking tape over the desired area.
- When drilling into plasterboard, tap the wall until you have found the area which is not hollow and only drill in this section as that is where the wooden joist will be.
- If you need a longer cable use a purpose made extension cord. Always pick the drill up by the handle only.
If you suffer an accident at work with tools or some other cause, Accident Advice Helpline can establish whether you have a claim for work accident compensation.
With nearly 14 years’ experience, they work on a no win, no fee* basis and usually settle out of court.