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Power Tool Injury Compensation

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Power tools make life easier in the workplace thanks to their efficiency and performance. Power tools are essential to the work of many Australian trades, and while using them might be a natural part of your everyday work they can cause serious injury. Injuries can be caused by distraction, improper use, or from faulty tools - or it may just be an accident.

Power tool use is a common cause of injuries in the workplace, and if you have been injured from power tool use in the workplace and your injury was not your fault you may be able to seek compensation from WorkCover. Plus, if your injury was caused by your employer’s negligence you may be able to seek compensation for any loss or damage you have suffered as a result of your injury.

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Risks of power tool use

The risks stemming from power tool use include the risk of injury, amputation, or even death. Depending on the power tool that is being used at the time, the risk may be small or could be catastrophic. When using any kind of power tools at work, it is important that employees receive adequate training and supervision.  

  • Risks arise from using power tools incorrectly, or from being distracted while using power tools.
  • Many power tool injuries require hospitalisation due to the severity of the injury sustained.
  • If you are not using adequate personal protective equipment you are at a greater risk of sustaining an injury.

When using power tools, it is vital that you are always 100% focused on the task at hand and are appropriately protected. 

Common power tool injuries in the workplace

Most common power tool injuries at the workplace

Some of the most common power tools which are used on construction sites and in the trades industries include drills, nail guns, grinders, chainsaws, drills, welders, hedge trimmers, saws and lawnmowers. The injuries that can be sustained when using power tools include:

An injury from a power tool might be mild, with only stitches or some basic first aid required through to major injury involving hospital and surgery to recover. Due to the potentially deadly impact of power tool injuries it is critical that adequate safety steps are taken when using power tools.

How to avoid power tool injuries in the workplace

The number one way to avoid injury from using power tools is to ensure that you are properly trained in how to use the tool you are planning on using, for the job you are intending to complete. If you are not trained, don’t attempt the job.

When using power tools you should:

  • Ensure that the machine or tool is in perfect working order, and has been tested and tagged within a relevant time period.
  • If there is a safety guard make sure it is in place.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Do not have any distractions nearby, including your phone or other workers.
  • Concentrate on the task at hand and make sure that you know what you are doing and how you are going to do it. 
  • Plan your work to eliminate risks - for example, do you have a cut off switch which you can access easily? 
  • Keep your workmates safe - if you spot someone doing something in a manner that is not safe, flag it and help them to improve their workplace safety. 

Safety is imperative on the worksite - at all times, but especially when you are working with dangerous power tools which have the capacity to do serious damage.

How can I seek compensation for a workplace injury? 

Ways to seek compensation - Trade worker

In some cases, no matter how safe you have been, an injury will happen which is no fault of your own. If you have been injured at the injury was not your fault you may be eligible to seek compensation from WorkCover. This compensation will cover you while you are off work recovering from your injury, and will also cover any reasonable and necessary medical or rehabilitative expenses you incur.

  • You are entitled to seek WorkCover compensation if you are a worker who has been injured while performing tasks which are in the line of work.
  • If your injury was caused by your employer’s negligence then it is worth seeking legal advice about your matter, as you may be entitled to seek further compensation for your injuries. 

How to recover from a workplace power tool injury

No matter what type of power tool injury you are dealing with, it can be tough to recover from a workplace injury and get back into the swing of things. You need to ensure that you are taking care of yourself - both physically and mentally - and taking advantage of the opportunity to recover and rehabilitate. 

WorkCover provides a way for you to access the financial support you need to so that you can focus on recovery and getting back to optimum health. 

It is important to get back to work as soon as you feel able to, and as soon as WorkCover deems you able to. The routine and regularity of work can help with recovery, and you will find that your mental health benefits from being back at work. 

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Last update on:
June 1, 2021
Disclaimer: This information is designed for general information in relation to Queensland compensation law. It does not constitute legal advice. We strongly recommend you seek legal advice in regards to your specific situation. For expert advice call 1800 266 801 or chat via live chat to arrange free initial advice with our Principal lawyer, Greg Smith.

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