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    How you could sustain a working with tools injury

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    How you could sustain a working with tools injury


    If you have been injured by using tools in the workplace, it is likely that you have suffered an injury in one of two ways. This article talks about the two main types of tool injury, instantaneous and repetitive.

    How you could sustain a working with tools injury instantaneously

    The first type of tool accident is an instantaneous injury. This happens when a tool causes an injury in a matter of seconds and is generally a result of an error. Examples include a piece of clothing being caught in machinery, a part of the body being cut by equipment such as a band saw or a failure of the tools such as a broken ladder.

    These injuries are often the fault of the employer, as they result from inadequate risk assessment, lack of training and lack of personal protective equipment. If clothing is caught in machinery, it is because a safe system of work has not been adequately enforced in that area. If a person loses a finger to a band saw, protective clothing and machinery guards were not in place. And if a ladder breaks, equipment was not correctly checked at reasonable intervals.

    How you could sustain a working with tools injury that is repetitive

    Many people don’t understand how you could sustain a working with tools injury over a long period of time. But there are tools that can cause life-limiting conditions through incorrect use over a period of years. Hand arm vibration syndrome or vibration white finger can be a very serious side-effect of power tool use over many years. Symptoms can include loss of feeling in fingers and, in extreme cases, loss of use of parts of fingers and hands.

    Employers can be held responsible for causing this type of injury if they failed to ensure that workers were aware of the dangers, trained in the safe use of power tools and given appropriate safe systems of work, including breaks from tool use and regular training updates.

    How can you claim for tool injuries?

    Making a claim for compensation for any kind of tool injury follows the same process. You need to seek expert legal advice and appoint a solicitor to fight your claim. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been fighting workplace injury claims successfully for more than 15 years and we can offer you the support you need.

    Just call our professional advisors on 0800 689 0500, or from a mobile you can ring us on 0333 500 0993. We will talk through the details of your accident and injury in a no-obligation chat. So call today for free advice on making your first step towards receiving compensation.

    Category: Working with tools injury

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