A power tool design defect is a big deal

Are you the type of person who uses power tools day in and day out? Maybe you do so for pleasure around your home. Maybe you use power tools to do your job, such as on a construction site or in a warehouse setting.

Regardless of when, why and how you use power tools, nothing changes the fact that your safety should always come first. Without a focus on your safety and well-being, it's possible you could make a mistake that causes serious bodily harm.

In addition to regular maintenance, there's something else you need to think about: the potential for a power tool defect. In other words, the design of the tool may be defective, thus leading to a greater chance of an accident.

An example of a power tool design defect is when a shield or guard comes loose, thus making it unable to do its job. Another example of a defect is faulty wiring, which could result in the tool starting when you don't want it to.

It's dangerous enough to use power tools. When you add a defect to the equation, the chance of injury is much higher.

If you are ever injured by a defective power tool, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Once you do this, you'll better understand your injuries and how to deal with them now and in the future.

From there, focus on the cause of the accident. If you find that the tool is defective, you may be able to take legal action against the manufacturer.

Source: OSHA, "Hand and Power Tools," accessed April 30, 2018

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