Depending on your profession, you may use a variety of tools to complete various tasks in a timely and efficient manner. While this is indispensable to your job, your safety should always come first.
These five tools are extremely helpful to many types of workers, however, they’re also very dangerous when not used in the appropriate manner:
- Table saw: With a sharp blade spinning at roughly 3500 rpm, it’s imperative to work with caution at all times. It only takes one mistake, such as an article of clothing getting too close to the blade, to cause a serious accident.
- Circular saw: With the blade spinning at speeds in excess of 100 mph, a circular saw is not a tool to use on a whim. Not only should you have a reason for using this type of saw, but doing so with extreme care is a must. Read the manufacturer instructions on safety and wear gloves and goggles at all times.
- Nail guns: Regardless of the size and power, a nail gun can cause a serious injury. For example, if a person is horsing around when using a nail gun, they could accidently lodge a nail into their body.
- Chain saw: Typically used by construction workers and landscape professionals, chain saws have long been a dangerous tool. With the average chain saw injury requiring more than 100 stitches, this isn’t a tool to use unless you know exactly what you’re doing.
- Ladder: It sounds simple enough to use a ladder, but this is one of the more dangerous tools on any job site. You could slip and fall if the ladder isn’t on solid ground. Your ladder could tip if you attempt to carry a heavy load. Someone could bump into it while you’re working at height. All of these things will result in your falling to the ground below.
If you’re injured by a power tool at work, stop what you’re doing to receive medical treatment. Also, report the injury to your supervisor to ensure that they understand exactly what went wrong.
After discussing your injury and prognosis with your medical team, learn more about your legal rights. This may lead you to file a workers’ compensation claim, which allows you to receive money as you recover.