Power tools cause many serious workplace injuries

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2020 | Workplace Injuries

Hand held power tools are often not used with the necessary care. If the required safety standards are not followed, workplace injuries could even involve severed fingers or worse. Complacency among workers in Oklahoma and elsewhere cause most of these injuries. Safety authorities report that experienced workers are more often victims of power tool injuries than inexperienced workers.

For this reason, revisiting safe power tool handling in safety training is essential. Power saws are frequently the cause of serious injuries, most of which are preventable. Regardless of whether it is a small hand held circular saw or a mounted table saw, their blades could remove a finger in the blink of an eye. Along with safety training, employers must provide the necessary personal protective equipment and other safety devices.

Hearing protection is vital, and so are face and eye protection. Factory-installed safety controls and guards must never be removed. Furthermore, workpieces must be clamped instead of held by hand, even when a worker uses a hand held saw. Safety training must include procedures for safe blade settings after the completion of a task.

Workers in Oklahoma who were victims of workplace injuries are typically eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, navigating the administrative and legal proceedings could be daunting. For this reason, many injured workers choose to seek legal counsel. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can provide support and guidance along every step of the way. While the worker focuses on recovering and returning to work, legal counsel can obtain maximum applicable benefits.