Depending on your profession, you may use a variety of tools throughout your day. For example, if you work in construction, you rely on tools to improve efficiency and complete the task at hand in a timely manner.
Here are three of the most dangerous tools that workers can use:
- Radial arm saw: Even though these are not as popular as they were in the past, many people, such as carpenters, still use them regularly. With a sharp, fast-moving blade inching toward you, any false move can result in a serious injury.
- Angle grinder: It doesn’t look like the most dangerous tool, but an angle grinder spins at a rate of 10,000 rounds per minute (RPM). When you add in attachments, such as a grinding wheel or wire brush, it’s easy to see how it can cause injury.
- Nail gun: A common tool in many industries, a nail gun fires on contact and with extreme power. For example, it has enough force to power nails through wood, shingles and many other materials. If a nail from one of these guns hits your body, it will cause injury or death.
If you suffer an injury at the hand of while using one of these tools, stop what you’re doing to assess your condition and make sure that you get first aid. Seek immediate medical attention at a local hospital, as you may require specialized treatment to prevent additional damage.
After reporting the accident and your injuries to your employer, learn more about the workers’ compensation system and whether you’re able to file a claim to receive money until you can return to work.