Pressure washers are used in many workplaces to clean driveways, vehicles and on construction sites. The pressurised water can be used to clean tools and other equipment and they are often used at car washes or by tradesmen. Like all work equipment, specialist training should be provided to anyone operating a pressure washer.
What accidents could happen?
Depending on the type of pressure washer used and the settings, the force or pressure of the water can be fairly powerful and the hose should never be pointed at another person. This could cause minor injuries such as bruises through to major injuries, for example eye or facial injuries. There is also a risk of being scalded when using water which is too hot, or the risk of electrocution or other injury from poorly maintained and serviced equipment.
Operating a pressure washer safely
When using a pressure washer, you should ensure the following:
- You are familiar with the equipment and have been trained in its use
- Follow safe operating procedures
- The equipment has been maintained and checked to make sure it is safe to use
- Any PPE provided is worn (such as goggles)
- You don’t point the pressure washer hose at another person
- The water in the pressure washer is the correct temperature
- The pressure washer has not been overfilled
- Settings for pressure are adjusted correctly
By ensuring that you adhere to the above, you can greatly reduce your risk of being involved in an accident when working with a pressure washer. You should also avoid using this type of equipment in enclosed spaces to avoid spray hitting other people or moving vehicles, which could lead to an accident.
Injured at work using a pressure washer?
Accidents at work can and do happen, and there is a difference between a genuine accident and one which has been caused by your employer’s negligence and could have been avoided. If you have been injured at work whilst using a pressure washer, you could claim for compensation. The first step you should take is to contact Accident Advice Helpline, who can offer advice and assistance with your claim on a no win, no fee* basis. With years’ of experience in the personal injury compensation industry, we can assist you with making a claim for compensation. You’ll need to prove that you were injured at work through no fault of your own and that’s where we can help.
Date Published: March 3, 2014
Author: David Brown