Power tools can make even the hardest jobs so much easier to do. However, with that said, the dangers of using power tools can be all too easy to fall victim to. At work, risk assessments play a big role in reducing the odds of anything going wrong. However, common sense goes a long way towards keeping people safe, too.
How many are you aware of?
- Frayed or damaged power cords. If the power cord is damaged, don’t use the item – it’s that simple. Electrocution could result from a damaged power tool.
- Lack of maintenance. Maintenance is very important with all tools, and power tools should be included in this. A simple visual check can determine whether any parts are loose or damaged.
- No instructions. Everyone using a power tool should know exactly how to use it. In the workplace, training should be provided and updated regularly to ensure those needing to use tools are aware of how to use them.
- Electrocution. An electric shock can be fatal. While other shocks can be minor, they can be avoided for the most part if the steps above are followed, to ensure the power tools in use are as safe as possible to use.
- Wrong tools used for the wrong job. We’ve all tried using the wrong tools to take a shortcut to getting a job done before, haven’t we? And yet this can be very dangerous indeed to do. You could injure yourself if you use the wrong tool, or if your employer gives you the wrong item to complete a particular job with.
Have you realised the dangers of using power tools?
Some people will be reading this with full knowledge of how dangerous power tools can potentially be. You may be one of them. If so, call Accident Advice Helpline today. We could help determine whether you are able to claim compensation for any injuries you received using power tools within the last three years. Our free enquiry line is available throughout the day and night – you only need to call 0800 689 0500 to get through. We do also have an online test you can take that will provide you with fast answers as to whether you have a chance of making a claim. Make sure you get in touch as soon as possible for details.
Date Published: April 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead