Power Tools: How to Recognize Defects

Power tools have changed the very face of many industries. Imagine how long it would take to build a house or repair a car with only hand tools. Power tools allow for rapid construction, faster repairs and they make the lives of workers easier. Power tools bring with them very real risks, however. Some of these risks are posed by inexperienced or careless workers or supervisors trying to cut corners. Sometimes the fault lies with the tool itself.

Proper Power Tool Safety

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), there are five basic safety rules to help protect operators from injury:

  1. Keep all tools in good condition with regular maintenance.
  2. Use the right tool for the job.
  3. Examine each tool for damage before use. If it is damaged, do not use it.
  4. Operate tools in accordance with manufactures’ instructions.
  5. Provide and use the proper personal protective equipment.

Defective Equipment

There are times when accidents occur even when all safety protocols are being followed. Some of the most common examples of defective power tools are:

  • Misfiring nail guns
  • Overheated motors
  • Insufficient or missing safety guards
  • Loose blades

There is also the danger of being injured from faulty welders, drills, sanders or grinders. Any power tool is potentially dangerous if there is a manufacturer defect, or if the equipment has not been properly maintained. If you are tasked with working with power tools, pay attention to warning signs of possible malfunction, such as the tool not turning on, weakened power, a burning smell, an unfamiliar noise emanating from the equipment or sparks and smoke. If you notice any of these, do not use the equipment and report to your supervisor immediately.

Injury resulting from a defective or improperly maintained piece of equipment can lead to lost time at work, medical bills and rehabilitation costs, not to mention the pain associated with the injury. If you have been injured by a power tool and believe the injury resulted from a defect, get in touch with us at (843) 277-1176 or fill out a contact form. The Taylor Anderson Law Firm is committed to helping victims of personal injury accidents recover any compensation they deserve.

Posted on behalf of Taylor Anderson Law Firm


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