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3 ways that power tools can lead to a work injury

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Workplace Injuries |

Workers in a variety of different fields use power tools as part of their work. Construction professionals use drills and similar equipment to reduce the manual labor involved in erecting or modifying a building. Those working in manufacturing facilities may also need to handle a variety of different tools to perform their tasks on the assembly line.

In general, power tools are beneficial for workers, as they reduce the amount of physical exertion necessary to complete key work functions. However, power tools also create opportunities for injury, which might, in turn, lead to workers’ compensation claims. The following are some of the most common risks associated with power tools on the job.

Injuries from long-term use

Power tools often exert a vibration that affects the hands and forearms. Vibrations can cause unpleasant sensations that can snowball into actual injuries if someone consistently uses power tools as part of their employment. The need to handle vibrating tools daily for years could lead to serious injuries that affect someone’s quality of life and ability to continue working.

Traumatic injuries from mistakes

Power tools can hurt people due to mistakes on a job site. Sometimes, a simple timing error exposes someone to injury. They put a hand or foot where it should not be at the exact wrong moment, and serious injury results. Other times, the person who gets hurt may not be the party who made the mistake. On a construction site, for example, it is possible for a worker at a higher elevation to drop a tool. If they did not use the right equipment to keep the tool secure, it could fall and strike another worker.

Risk related to malfunctions

Power tools do not always hold up to the strain of daily use. In some scenarios, power tools eventually malfunction or fail due to poor design or low-quality materials. Power tool malfunctions can lead to pieces breaking off and causing injuries to someone’s eyes or hands. Tools may also have issues with their electrical supply that lead to fires or electrical injuries.

Although power tools are necessary for efficiency and to protect workers from repetitive strain, they cause plenty of safety concerns. Filing a workers’ compensation claim could help people cover the costs associated with debilitating work injuries caused by power tools. Those who understand the risks inherent in their employment are in a better position than the average worker to avoid danger and to respond appropriately after an injury.