Power tool use has increased over the last twenty years. Largely due to increased accessibility, more and more homeowners are buying, using, and renting these kinds of products. Some of the most popular tools include:
- reciprocating saws,
- hammer drills,
- circular saws,
- table saws, and
- power drills.
Power tool accidents at home or at a workplace, like a construction site, can result in significant injuries and even death. In most of these kinds of situations, the accident was preventable.
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1. Use tools properly
Misuse of power tools often ends in injury. Tool manuals should be clear and easy to understand.
2. Handle and store tools properly
Using tools with broken pieces can result in disaster. In addition, inspect each tool prior to use for any signs of breakage, leaks, cord entanglements, etc. Tools should be serviced regularly as well.
3. Use protective gear
It is crucial to use safety or protective gear when using a power tool. However, different gear is indicated, depending on the tool. Check the owner’s manual for information about the suggested use of protective gear. From goggles to hats and gloves, such equipment can mean the difference between death and life when an accident occurs.
4. Beware of slip and fall or trip and fall hazards
Many accidents occur when the person or worker slip or trips when using or holding the power tool. For example, a nail gun can accidentally discharge when the person holding it trips and falls. Keeping floors clean from spills and also making sure than cords are not placed in walkways is important.
5. Do not disengage safety devices
Nearly all power tools come with protective safety devices. Many accidents occur because safety devices are disengaged. In some instances, an employer or boss may discourage use of a safety device, believing it will speed up the work.
For more information, contact an experienced product liability and power tool accident lawyer.
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Published: August 26, 2012