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Power drills: A common, but dangerous tool

Power drills are used by millions of professionals every day, spanning a variety of industries. If using this tool is a big part of your job, don’t take your safety for granted. Instead, make sure you know the exact steps you must take to avoid an accident and related injury.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 2,500 people receive hospital treatment every year for a power drill related injury. If you want to avoid an accident in the future, these tips will help:

  • Beware of electric shock: For example, exposed wires can result in shock, which is likely to send you to the hospital for treatment. Examine your drill for defects or damage before each use.
  • Wear safety gear: Depending on the job, this typically includes gloves, goggles and earplugs.
  • Watch what you wear: Loose sleeves, for instance, can get caught in the drill bit. This can result in losing your balance or coming in contact with the tool when it’s in use.
  • Know what you’re drilling: There’s a difference between drilling into wood and metal. With metal, more pressure is necessary, as this helps protect against overheating and binding.

Even though there are safety concerns associated with the use of power drills, it doesn’t mean you should avoid using this tool. As long as safety is your top priority, you can be confident in your ability to prevent an accident.

If you’re injured by a drill at work, stop what you’re doing and call for help. Also, report the accident to your employer and follow the treatment plan outlined by your medical team. Doing all these things will improve the likelihood of receiving workers’ compensation benefits.

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