Do you work in an industry where you use power tools almost every day of your life? While you understand the benefits of doing so, you never want to lose sight of the fact that one mishap can lead to an accident that causes serious injuries — or even death.
With all this in mind, let’s examine some of the most dangerous power tools:
- Radial arm saw. While this tool can help with a variety of projects, it’s also one of the most dangerous. If possible, you’ll want to opt for another type of tool when cutting wood (such as a compound miter saw).
- Angle grinder. Used for many purposes, such as cutting steel or grinding metal, this tool can spin at speeds of up to 10,000 rpm.
- Table saw. This tool is one of the better ones for cutting wood, but if you aren’t careful, it’s possible that your hand and fingers could come in contact with the blade.
- Nailer. These tools can save you quite a bit of time, while also ensuring accuracy. However, they fire nails with extreme power, so you never want to point it in the wrong direction.
- Chainsaw. Even with a variety of safety features engaged, chainsaws have the reputation for being among the most dangerous power tools. With no guard providing protection, you really need to be careful about how you use your chainsaw.
These are just a few of the many power tools that can cause serious injuries on your job site. If you regularly use one or more of these tools, make sure that you know exactly what safety precautions to take to remain safe at all times. Wearing safety gear like goggles and gloves can provide protection against certain injuries.
In the event of a power tool accident, don’t wait to receive medical care. Also, let your employer know what went wrong, as this can help others avoid a similar mishap.
If your medical team suggests that you take time off of your job, you can redirect your focus to your legal rights as an employee, such as your ability to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.