Power Tool Accidents

By Pyle Law, November 20 2020 6:10 pm
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Power Tool Accidents

By Pyle Law, November 20 2020 6:10 pm
Power Tool Accidents

Power tools help get the job done, but power tool accidents put construction workers at serious risk. Avoiding these accidents requires purchasing quality tools, maintaining tools in good working condition, training employees regarding safe usage, and more.

Construction is a constant in our nation, and power tools power the work. Unfortunately, these same tools are often involved in construction accidents that can leave construction workers seriously injured – or worse. If you or someone you love has been injured by a power tool accident on the job, don’t put off consulting with an experienced Kansas workers’ compensation attorney.

The Power Tools Common to Construction Work 

Depending on the job at hand, nearly any kind of power tool can be used in the course of construction work. There are certain types of power tools, however, that are most closely associated with serious accidents on job sites, and these include:

  • Nail Guns – The name nail gun by itself should be fairly indicative of exactly how dangerous these power tools can be. When nail guns aren’t safely maintained, aren’t used properly (according to safety guidelines), don’t have the safety engaged when not in direct use, or aren’t used in well-lit, uncluttered, secure workspaces, serious accidents can be the result. Unexpected discharges are especially risky.
  • Power Drills – Large, powerful drills are so risky that the industry has wide-ranging safety restrictions in place regarding their manufacture and use. These include requiring pressure switches that turn drills off as soon as pressure is released.
  • Power Saws – Construction sites see their fair share of power saws of every variety, and each type requires its own safety instruction and training in order to be used safely. Power saws also require automatic offs and need regular maintenance to help ensure ongoing safety.
  • Power Sanders – Power sanders make quick work of sanding large areas, but they also leave hazardous particulates in the air that workers are subjected to if they aren’t provided with the appropriate masks and the appropriate ventilation for the workspace. 
  • Power Spray Painters – The atomized paints and fluids spewed by power spray painters cause breathing hazards that are similar to those caused by power sanders, but these power tools are also closely connected to eye injuries (caused by atomized particles entering the eye). Goggles and masks are both a must.

Cutting corners by purchasing inferior power tools, by not keeping power tools in safe working condition, and/or by not providing adequate safety training puts employees at increased and unnecessary risk. 

You Need an Experienced Kansas Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Your Corner 

If you have been injured in a power tool accident on the job, the formidable attorneys at Pyle Law in Kansas are committed to skillfully wielding their considerable experience in pursuit of the compensation to which you are entitled and that you need to achieve your fullest physical, financial, and emotional recovery. We’re on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 620-374-9299 for more information today.

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