Power tools make a massive difference on construction sites by reducing physical demands on construction professionals. The difference between using an electric screwdriver and manually driving every screw is incalculable.
As a result, power tools and other small machinery play a major role in most construction projects. Some businesses provide workers with every tool they might need and rent those that the company does not own. Other times, workers bring in some of their own tools.
Unfortunately, the labor-saving devices that reduce repetitive strain and speed up construction work create their own set of risks for employees. Power tools on construction sites are a known source of risk for worker injuries. How do tools lead to people getting hurt?
1. They can malfunction
Occasionally, there are recalls that warn the public to stop using certain tools and to return them for a refund or replacement. Some tools could have faulty wiring or design issues that lead to spontaneous failure or electrical shorts. When tools fail on the job, people can end up getting hurt as a direct result of an electrical shock or broken pieces of a tool flying.
2. They cause struck-by incidents
Technically, workplace safety laws at construction sites require that people secure all tools used at an elevation. However, daily practices often deviate from that standard, with workers failing to use tethers or companies failing to provide them. Tools can fall off of scaffolding or letters and strike someone below, causing severe injuries.
3. They cause direct traumatic injury due to mistakes
All it takes is a worker looking up at the wrong moment for a power tool to become a dangerous weapon. Workers often cause power tool injuries due to small mistakes, distraction or the wrong placement of their hands.
Thankfully, workers’ compensation protects construction workers even if they made mistakes that contributed to the injury they suffered. In scenarios involving defective tools, there can sometimes be a possibility of a defective product claim against a third party.
The more serious the injury is, the more important it will likely be for a worker to look at every option for appropriate compensation. Learning about workers’ compensation claims and other forms of reimbursement that may be available after construction-related injuries can help workers and their family members determine what steps to take next. Legal guidance is always available for those who have questions and/or could benefit from personalized assistance concerning these opportunities.