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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Safety when working with hand-held power tools

    When accidents at work occur, all aspects of the victim’s life can suffer. If you work within a role which requires you to regularly use hand-held powered work tools, then you are at risk from many work-related injuries that could affect not only your working life, but also your personal life.

    Work-related injuries caused by hand-held power tools

    Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and carpal tunnel syndrome are two of the most common work injuries among those that work using any hand-held or hand guided power tools. Both of these injuries affect the hand and more specifically, the blood vessels, nerves and muscles inside both the hand and arm, causing symptoms such as tingling, numbness in fingers, minimised hand strength and grip and the appearance of white fingers in cold conditions. With such injury, carrying out your work would be an exceptionally difficult and painful task.

    To ensure the risk of work-related injury is minimal, there are steps that both you and your employer can take.

    How to minimise the risks of accidents at work

    There are several things you can do yourself to guard yourself from injury:

    • Always use the correct tool for the job
    • Do not grasp any tighter than required
    • Do not use a singular tool for a long period of time
    • Ensure all tools are sharpened regularly so they are at their most efficient
    • Keep your hands warm in cold conditions to promote good circulation

    When you work regularly with hand-held power tools, it is your employer’s responsibility to provide you with specialist training on the tools you’ll be using and to also explain the safety practices that should be undertaken when using them. Failure to do so could result in your safety being put at risk.

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    If you have suffered an accident at work, it may be because your employer has neglected to put such training and safety guidelines into practice and you may be entitled to claim compensation.

    How can I claim?

    If you have been injured at work, a law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline will be able to support you, whether you simply require expert advice or want to pursue a case. Details of your case can be given over the phone to our legal team, and there are absolutely no forms to fill in. Accident Advice Helpline do all the leg work for you, and in addition, you can rest assured that we operate on a risk free, 100% no win, no fee* basis.

    Date Published: March 24, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.