Power tools have made our lives vastly easier. Whether you work construction or own your own home, it’s astounding to think of people building vast structures or doing repairs with nothing but hand tools. A worker with the right power tools is ten times as fast and far more accurate than one without. The skill that older generations of craftsman had was astounding, but we are reliant on power tools — drills, saws, nail guns, etc — today.
However, as helpful as these tools may be, they also introduce a lot of risks. A mistake with a handsaw just meant scraping or maybe cutting your finger. The same mistake with a chop saw could result in a complete amputation of that finger. To help you avoid these serious issues, here are some safety tips you should remember when using power tools:
- Take your time. Rushing is never worth it.
- Always unplug a corded tool when cleaning or repairing it. Take the battery out of a portable tool.
- Never touch the trigger unless you want to use the tool. Many injuries happen due to accidental starting while carrying.
- Do not use tools that you have not been trained to use.
- Always put on the right PPE, such as eyeglasses or gloves.
- If a tool is damaged, do not use it until it gets fixed.
- Never allow yourself to become distracted. Always focus on exactly what you’re doing.
- If you’re working with someone else, be sure you trust them to keep you safe.
These tips may help you, but injuries do happen. If you suffer an injury from a power tool that seems like it could have been preventable, you need to understand your rights. If the tool malfunctioned, was badly designed, had manufacturing flaws or lacked proper safety guards and warnings, you may be able to claim compensation for your losses. Even if you were injured at work, you may have the right to a third-party claim that will provide additional compensation for your needs.