Powertools have made life much more efficient for workers on construction sites. Unfortunately, the technical advancements with tools and technology also come with risks.
As the name suggests, power tools can generate a lot of force, which can cause serious trauma to the human body if something goes wrong. Outlined below are some of the more common injuries caused by power tools.
Saws, grinders and drills all have the potential to launch debris into the air. For this reason, it is pivotal that workers are provided with the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as safety glasses and goggles. Sadly, safety glasses aren’t always enough to prevent a serious facial injury. Drill bits and grinding discs can occasionally break and penetrate safety equipment, resulting in nasty injuries, particularly to the eyes.
Many power tools require a mains electricity supply, which means high voltages are sent through electrical wires. If something goes wrong, such as a wire becoming frayed, then it’s possible that a worker might be electrocuted. Electrocution can be fatal and even if the worker survives, the road to recovery can be a long one.
If a power tool slips while in motion, the end results can be catastrophic. Saws and grinders have the potential to cause deep lacerations, and in severe cases, workers might even suffer an amputation injury.
All employees are entitled to work in an environment that is safety conscious. If you have been injured on the job, then you may be able to claim compensation with the help of an experienced legal team.