Depending on your profession, it’s possible that you rely on power tools to provide quality and timely work. While there’s nothing wrong with this, your safety, health and well-being are more important than anything else.

Power tools have the potential to cause serious injury, so it’s critical that you protect yourself. Here’s what you can do:

  • Read the safety manual: Before using a power tool you’re unfamiliar with, read the safety manual and instruction guide to ensure that you know exactly what you’re doing. 
  • Ask for help: If you don’t know what you’re doing, back away from the tool and ask for help. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Don’t forget that.
  • Don’t disable any safety features: Many power tools have safety features that are meant to prevent accidents. Even if they don’t seem necessary, keep them in place to protect yourself. 
  • Don’t use tools that are defective or damaged: If you have any reason to believe a power tool is defective and/or damaged, set it aside for the time being. Continuing to use it is likely to increase the risk of an accident.

Even if you do all these things to protect yourself, you could still suffer an injury while using a power tool. If this happens, stop what you’re doing, assess your condition and take steps to receive medical treatment.

Depending on the severity of your wounds, you may need to take time away from work to recover. In that case, file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Doing so will give you some financial peace of mind during your recovery and help you obtain the medical treatment that you need.