If you work on a construction site, you will be familiar with power tools and you will probably use them on a day to day basis, However, this doesn’t stop them from being dangerous and you should always follow health and safety guidelines to prevent accidents at work.
Work accidents: How to use a reciprocating saw safely
A reciprocating saw is a very useful piece of kit, which is used frequently by construction workers to cut through a range of different materials. One of the most common uses for the reciprocating saw is to create large spaces in walls for new doorways or windows.
When using any tool, it’s advisable to follow health and safety guidelines. Power tools may be great at their job and save you time and energy, but they can also be very dangerous and the implications of using one in the wrong way can be very serious. When you use a reciprocating saw, it is important to bear the following advice in mind:
- wear suitable clothing
- use suitable protective equipment, such as ear defenders and goggles
- keep your work area tidy
- remove jewellery and tie your hair back
- hold the saw with both hands
- never push or force the saw
- follow the manufacturer’s guidelines
- do not use electrical tools in wet weather
- never operate a power tool under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medication, which may make you feel drowsy
Injuries at work: Can I claim compensation?
If you’ve been involved in an accident at work and you have injuries as a result, you may be entitled to claim work accident compensation. You must be able to prove that you were not to blame, so note down the details of the incident, ask witnesses for their contact information and see a doctor.
Work injury compensation is provided for employees who have been injured at work through no fault of their own. Compensation can help to cover the cost of lost earnings and provide assistance with bills and household payments, which may be especially beneficial if you are the primary earner and you have to have time off work or a change of career as a result of your injuries.
Contact the Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and our expert team of personal injury lawyers will handle your case for you.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown