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When used safely, power tools are among a worker’s most valuable assets. But when used unsafely, the same capabilities that make these tools so effective can also make them highly dangerous. Every year, thousands of workers miss work time after a power tool injury.
Human error isn’t the only way power tools can injure workers, either. The tools themselves may be dangerous due to the way they were designed or manufactured.
If you incurred medical bills and lost wages due to an on-the-job power tool injury, your losses should be covered by Florida’s workers’ compensation program. Additional compensation may be available to you if your injury was caused by a third party such as a worker employed by another company or the maker of a malfunctioning tool.
To learn about all of your options as an injured Florida worker, contact Frank M. Eidson, P.A. Our firm serves injured workers throughout Orlando and central Florida.
A look at power tool injury statistics shows just how common mishaps with these machines are.
Every year in the U.S., power tool injuries result in approximately 400,000 emergency room visits, including both work and non-work-related incidents. More than 22,000 of these power tool accidents involve workers using nail guns.
The leading cause of U.S. construction worker injury, according to one study, is contact with cutting or piercing objects, including power tools.
Table saw mishaps result in 29,000 emergency room department visits per year in the U.S., including workers and non-workers.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) categorizes power tools according to their power source. The OSHA power tool categories are:
OSHA notes that the following hazards are associated with different power tool categories:
Human error is a top cause of power tool accidents and can take several forms. A worker might be inexperienced, distracted or improperly trained. A worker might use a tool in a way not recommended by the manufacturer. Yet another example is the failure by an employer to provide proper safety equipment for workers or to properly maintain equipment.
Power tool malfunction is another cause of worker injury. Tools should work properly when they are regularly maintained and taken out of service temporarily when broken. However, some tools are inherently defective. Such tools present a risk of injury no matter how well they are maintained.
A workplace injury involving a power tool might involve one or more parties, such as a tool manufacturer or a worker employed by another company. This could open up sources of injury compensation in addition to workers’ compensation benefits.
Also, a relatively straightforward workers’ comp claim isn’t always as straightforward as it ought to be. Claim delays and even denials are possible and could set you back financially.
The same is true of paperwork and filing deadline errors. Workers are entitled to medical and lost wage benefits when they suffer a workplace injury, but bureaucratic red tape often abounds during the claims process.
To learn how an attorney can help you to overcome these issues and seek all possible sources of compensation, call Frank M. Eidson, P.A., or contact us through our online form.
We proudly serve Orlando, Winter Park and other central Florida communities, and will provide you with a free consultation about your case.
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