Our hands are wonderful tools, but sometimes we need a more powerful tool to get the job done. It’s doesn’t matter whether you’re working with a larger power tool like a miter saw or a smaller tool like a handheld grinder, you need to use caution to prevent against work injuries. Below, we share some tips for preventing injuries when working with hand or power tools, and we explain what you should do in the event of an accident.
Preventing Tool Injuries At Work
When it comes to preventing hand and power tool injuries, knowledge is power. Before you begin using the tool, make sure you know how the tool works, as well as how to safely hold and operate the machinery. If you are unfamiliar with a tool, ask someone to show you how it’s done. The two most common factors in power tool injuries are inexperience with a tool, and improper tool use. Knowing how a machine works and how to operate it are two important factors in preventing hand and power tool injuries.
Other injury prevention tips to keep in mind include:
- Have the instruction manual nearby in the event you want or need to reference it.
- Inspect the tool before use, as well as the power cord and outlet.
- Ensure it is connected to the proper power supply.
- Wear safety gloves or glasses if applicable.
- Keep your workplace clear of clutter.
- Have the tool regularly serviced to ensure it continues to run optimally.
- Only use the machine in a manner specified in the instruction manual.
- Leave all guards or protective features in place.
Hand and Power Tool Injuries
In the event that you suffer an injury while working with a power tool, even if it was your fault, be sure to report the injury to a supervisor and seek medical attention. Once the injury has been reported, make sure your next step is to contact a workers’ compensation attorney. Regardless of whether you were at fault or someone else contributed to your injury, you are entitled to compensation to help offset medical bills and keep money coming in if you have to miss days or weeks of work.
Dean has helped many workers in the manufacturing, construction and textile industries earn compensation for injuries they suffered while working with hand or power tools. Don’t just try to cover the injury with a bandage and continue working, because that can leave you susceptible to further injury or infection. Take time off, let your wounds heal, and trust that a professional workers’ compensation attorney is earning you the biggest compensation claim you are entitled to receive.
Dean and his team offer a free case analysis where he’ll sit down with you, discuss the incident and your options, and make a plan. If you choose to hire him as your attorney, he’ll go to work on your behalf while you focus on your recovery. Hand and eye injuries can have long-term consequences, so make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Reach out to his office today for more information.
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