Power tools are efficient but also dangerous

May 25, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

Power tools are utilized across many industries. They are designed to make light work of manual labor and also increase safety overall. 

Generally, this is the case. However, power tools can also be hazardous at times and if something goes wrong then the resulting injuries can be very serious. 

What are some of the more common causes of power tool accidents

Not using safety guards 

The majority of power tools are fitted with some sort of safety guard. The idea behind these is that they offer a layer of protection if something goes wrong. For instance, if your hand drill or grinder slips, the guard may prevent severe injuries to your hand or limbs. 

In some cases, workers opt to remove these safety guards because they are too clunky. In other instances, an employer may simply just not have provided tools that had a safety guard fitted. Without safety guards, the risk of a power tool injury increases greatly. 

Inadequate PPE 

As well as guards, workers should have access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This comes in numerous forms. Builders should wear hard hats when on site. Woodworkers and other laborers should wear gloves so that their hands are protected. At the top of the list is protective eye gear. If something goes wrong with a power tool and debris ricochets into your eyes, then you could be left visually impaired.  

If you’ve been injured at work, then you are going to take a hit physically, financially and psychologically. Getting in touch with a knowledgeable support network could help you to obtain the benefits you need.

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