According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) more than 400,000 emergency room visits and 200 deaths each year can be attributed to accidents involving power tools. Unfortunately, many of those injuries could have been avoided if the manufacturers and distributors placed public safety above profit. Power tools are a vital necessity for both commercial and residential builders as well as homeowners. Due to the influx of large home improvement stores, access to power tools is easy. More and more homeowners buy or rent power tools. This increased access, however, comes with a cost. Power tools are incredibly powerful and capable of causing severe injury, if not death.
COMMON POWER TOOL INJURIES
- SKIN/ TISSUE/ MUSCLE DAMAGE
- NERVE DAMAGE
- BONE DAMAGE
- EYE INJURIES
- CUTS TO FINGERS
- LOSS OF FINGERS
COMMON POWER TOOL DEFECTS
Defective or faulty power tools cause injuries not only to workers on the job, but also in private homes or garages. While these defects are sometimes attributed to a manufacturing mistake or oversight, it is sometimes the fault of another party such as a repair or maintenance company, marketer, or retailer. Here are just a few examples of power tool defects that can lead to injury:
- SAFETY SWITCHES THAT ARE NOT FUNCTIONING PROPERLY
- LACK OF ADEQUATE SAFETY WARNINGS
- LACK OF FLUID IN HYDRAULIC POWER TOOLS
- LACK OF SAFETY GUARDS
- LOOSE FITTINGS ON AIR COMPRESSION-POWERED PNEUMATIC TOOLS
- PRODUCTS WHICH ARE INHERENTLY UNSAFE IN NATURE
COMMON POWER TOOLS INVOLVED IN ACCIDENTS
- NAIL GUNS
- WELDING, SOLDERING & CUTTING TORCHES
- SAWS (CIRCULAR SAWS/ BAND SAWS/ TABLE SAWS)
- LEAF BLOWERS
- PUNCH PRESSES
- GRINDERS, BUFFERS & POLISHERS
While of course, power tools are important and users must exhibit common sense in using them, there are situations when a retailer, rental company or tool manufacturer is liable for a dangerous product. The claim may be strictly products liability or there may be a claim of negligent maintenance, or both. To prove that a power tool failed or otherwise was negligently maintained, the tool should be preserved in its original state, as it was at the time of the accident. In addition, the tool will require testing by a mechanical engineer to determine cause of failure.
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