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There are many dangers of using power tools

Many people, such as construction workers, use power tools on a regular basis. While this is a great way to get the job done right, it also poses a variety of dangers and risks.

Above all else, it's important for anyone working with power tools to wear the necessary protective equipment. This can include but is not limited to gloves and safety goggles.

Here are some of the best ways to avoid accidents associated with power tools:

-- Never use the cord or hose to transport the tool.

-- Keep all cords away from sharp edges and heat.

-- Disconnect tools when they are not in use and before servicing them.

-- Never use a power tool unless you have been trained on how to do so in a safe manner.

-- Anyone who is not involved with the work should keep a safe distance.

-- Keep good footing as to ensure proper balance.

-- Remove any damaged or dangerous power tools from the job site, labeling them as such.

Many people take power tool safety for granted, as they have used these for many years and believe that nothing bad could ever happen. The same holds true for companies, as they often feel that workers know enough to avoid trouble.

If you find yourself injured by a power tool, don't hesitate to seek medical assistance. To go along with this, be sure to report the accident to your employer right away. This can help improve your chance of receiving workers' compensation benefits, which you may need until you make a full recovery.

Source: Occupational Safety & Health Administration, "Hand and Power Tools," accessed Nov. 17, 2016

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