Power Tool Accidents
Nearly one million people are injured each year while using power tools. Those injuries include about 200 fatalities a year, and this information alone should lead workers to research the power tools they use at work. It is important to be trained on how to use them correctly. If a worker is injured while using a power tool, he or she may be able to file a Workers’ Compensation claim to help cover costly injuries.
What are the Most Dangerous Power Tools?
When on any construction site, a worker may be asked to use dangerous power tools. Workers should learn how to use the following power tools before beginning any assignment:
- Chainsaws: Chainsaws are very powerful, and they should be handled with care. Always keep away from other onsite workers while using this tool and remain on level ground.
- Table saws: Table saws are very convenient because they allow the worker to cut in straight lines and quickly trim wood to size. Workers must use protective gear and a guide to keep materials on the table. Also, lower the blade and use a push anchor to keep hands away from the blade.
- Power drills: Power drills are extremely efficient, but workers must use the proper bits and fittings to avoid injuries.
- Lawnmowers: Always wear shoes when using a lawnmower and survey the area. Additionally, turn off the mower completely before checking or replacing the blade.
- Nail guns: Nail guns should only be pointed at the material used, and no one should be on the other side of the area where an individual is working.
How to Use Power Tools
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created a manual that explains how to properly use power tools and train workers in order to prevent a construction accident. Employers should advise workers of common injuries that occur when they use these tools improperly. Common construction site injuries include:
- Burn injuries
- Eye injuries
Workers who are injured on the job are usually eligible for Workers’ Compensation coverage, but all injuries must be reported to a supervisor right away. Workers sometimes believe that injuries are common, and they attempt to disregard minor injuries. This is an unnecessary risk.
Electrocution accidents are common on construction sites because massive power tools use quite a lot of energy. Workers may have followed the safety protocols for the tools used that day, but damage to the power cord or an ungrounded circuit could cause an electrical shock or electrocution.
How Can Construction Companies Avoid Power Tool Accidents?
Construction companies must take steps to avoid accidents and inform employees of their rights. Employees must be made aware of Workers’ Compensation coverage that the company carries. The contractor must also:
- Train workers to use all tools on the work site.
- Properly maintain and repair all power tools.
- Provide a safe and dry work environment.
- Provide protective goggles, gloves, and boots.
Employers should consider a refresher course once a year for current employees, and re-train everyone on staff if upgraded tools are purchased.
Vineland Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Represent Workers Injured in Power Tool Accidents
Reach out to one of our Vineland Workers’ Compensation lawyers at DiTomaso Law if you were injured at work. We will review your case and fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For a free consultation, call us at 856-414-0010 or contact us online. Located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Mt. Holly, Camden County, and Vineland.