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How can defective tools cause injuries at work?

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Workplaces often rely on a variety of tools to get tasks done efficiently. However, when these tools are defective, they can cause serious injuries to workers.

Understanding how defective tools contribute to workplace injuries is important for everyone.

Instances of malfunction

Defective tools can break or malfunction while in use. For example, a power saw with a faulty motor can suddenly stop or start, causing the user to lose control. This can result in severe cuts or even amputations.

Similarly, a hammer with a loose head could fly off when used, potentially hitting someone nearby. Tools that malfunction pose a huge risk to both the user and those around them.

Lack of proper safety features

Some tools come with built-in safety features designed to protect users from injury. When these safety features are missing or not working properly, the risk of injury increases. Those in charge should take special care to notice if a tool does not have these.

For instance, a drill without a functional safety guard can expose the user to the spinning bit. This could lead to puncture wounds or lacerations.

Electrical hazards

Power tools that have electrical defects can cause shocks or fires. Exposed wires, bad wiring and short circuits are common problems in defective electrical tools. These issues can result in electrical burns or even electrocution.

Increased strain and fatigue

Workers may struggle to use defective tools since they require more effort from the user. This extra strain can lead to muscle fatigue and repetitive strain injuries over time. For example, a poorly balanced or dull cutting tool requires more force to operate, increasing the likelihood of strain injuries. Over time, this can result in chronic pain and other long-term health issues.

Employers must regularly inspect and maintain tools to ensure they are in good working condition. Anyone facing a personal injury at work may want to seek fair compensation. Contact YOUR Workers’ Compensation Specialist for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how we can help you. Call 610-892-9300 or reach us online.