Accidents involving heavy machinery and tools are fairly common, both at home and at work. If you’ve had an accident at work and you are thinking about claiming compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline.
How to reduce the risk of work accidents: Operating a steel cut off saw safely
Steel cut off saws are also known as chop saws; they are used to cut metal and can be employed to make straight and angled cuts.
Using machinery has a host of benefits, but there are dangers and employers have a responsibility to ensure that workers are able to use tools properly and safely. Here are some safety tips for using a steel cut off saw:
- Tie hair back and secure any loose clothing
- Remove jewellery
- Use a vice at all times and never hold the piece of metal that you are cutting
- Wear protective clothing
- Follow the operation manual
- Wear ear defenders or ear plugs
- Allow the saw to glide through the metal; do not force or push it
- Never operate heavy machinery under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Use the rights tools for the job
What should I do if I’ve suffered an injury at work?
If you have been injured at work, report the accident to your manager or shift supervisor and seek medical assistance as soon as possible. All accidents at work should be logged in an accident book.
If you were injured and you were not to blame, you may be entitled to claim work accident compensation. Compensation can help to provide you with financial assistance with bills and household costs, and to provide a cushion if you have had time off work or your earnings have dropped as a result of your illness or injury.
If you would like to find out more about work injury compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline, a leading compensation provider with expertise in work accident claims. The firm is endorsed by consumer rights champion and author, Esther Rantzen and the personal injury lawyers work on a no win, no fee* basis.
If you are thinking about making a claim, write down all the details of the accident and the contact information for people who saw the incident. Witness statements, in addition to medical notes, will be used to support your compensation claim.
Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown