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.
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