It’s no secret that the construction industry is dangerous. In fact, it is widely regarded as the most dangerous occupation, with numerous injuries and fatalities occurring each year.
Accidents on construction sites occur for a number of reasons, but defective power tools cause many of them. Outlined below are some of the more common power tool defects.
Electric saws and grinders make life much easier for construction workers. Nonetheless, they are extremely sharp and powerful. If a grinding disc or blade does not fit properly, then it can become loose and essentially become a missile. The end result of such an incident could be eye injuries, severe lacerations and even lost limbs.
Negligent safety features
One way to safeguard operators from severe injuries is to install safety guards. These are essential for all power tools, especially saws, drills and grinders. Nonetheless, some manufacturers try to cut costs by taking a lax approach to safety guards. An ill-fitting safety guard or no safety guard at all puts workers in serious danger.
The majority of power tools are either battery-powered or powered by electricity. A fault in the battery could cause the tool to overheat, meaning that the operator suffers severe burns. When the tool is powered by mains electricity, faults become even more dangerous. Electrocution is one of the more common causes of fatalities in the construction business.
If you have been injured on the job by defective equipment, then you may be able to hold the manufacturer to account for your injuries. Seek legal guidance to find out more about your options.