Working with power tools can achieve great results, fast, but due to the nature of the beast, it is important to take care not to fall victim to accidents that can occur when working with them. Hospitals around the world see people coming in regularly with similar injuries from power tools, and some of them can be fatal. Knowing what could happen, and taking care to avoid it is as important as owning and taking care of your power tool. Here are some common accidents and how to avoid them.
A lot of the common power tool accidents fall under the category of lacerations and amputations. A laceration is where you sustain a wound or cut, and an amputation refers to the loss of a limb, or body part. The most common injuries for people working with a saw is injuries to the hand and fingers. One important way of preventing injury while using these power tools is to not remove the safety guard, as it is there for a reason, to protect you. Never put your hands in front of the blade of a saw. Don’t wear jewelry or clothing that could cause a danger to yourself, or pull you into the machine. STIHL chain saws often come with some safety instructions, so read carefully and always use the tool with care.
When using a lawnmower around the house, it may start to seem like harmless object, used simply to cut the grass. The most common injury sustained from lawnmowers occurs when the machine malfunctions, or stops for some reason. Some people decide to attempt a quick fix to the problem and may put their hand into the underside, forgetting that there are sharp spinning blades that could cause a lot of damage to the hand. If your lawnmower stops working, take it to a lawnmower mechanic!
Power Tool Injuries
The most common injuries sustained from using power tools are to the eyes and puncture wounds to the skin. Taking care to always wear safety protection clothing, such as safety glasses and steel capped boots can go some way towards protecting yourself in the event of a situation. Always use common sense when using a power tool, and never put yourself in the line of fire.
Table Saw Injuries
There are a surprisingly huge number of injuries from table saws, mostly because people take the blade guards off for the purpose of having more space while they are doing a job. Injuries that are sustained from a table saw can be varied, from the loss of limbs, to mortal wounding. Always keep blade guards on your table saw and keep it locked in a place where it is out of reach from people who may have an accident.
Nail Gun Injuries
Whether you have been using a nail gun for years, or have only recently started using one, be aware of this power tool, as it can do a lot of damage. A nail gun is basically a gun that fires out sharp nails, so it really should be kept in a safe place, in the same way that you would keep a real gun. Nail guns to not always fire in a straight line, so ensure that your hands are never in front of it while you are using it, as these babies can really hurt!