Work Safe

Hand and Power Tools

Workers operating hand and power tools face a wide range of potential hazards throughout the course of any given day. Without the proper training and maintenance, they are at risk for injuries resulting from lacerations, flying objects, harmful dusts, electrical accidents and more.

Understanding the role of prevention and making a commitment to hand and power tool safety can go a long way toward decreasing exposure to hazards and eliminating workplace incidents altogether. By implementing a safety program you can arm your employees with the tools they need to stay safe and productive.

How important is hand and power tool safety?
When you’re weighing the importance of dedicating time and resources to safety training and education, consider these alarming statistics:

Power tool injuries account for as many as 400,000 annual emergency room visits. Among the most common tools responsible for the largest number of visits are (1):

  • Power Nailers—37,000 ER visits/year
  • Chain Saws—36,000 ER visits/year
  • Table Saws—29,000 ER visits/year

Six percent of workplace fatalities (in workplaces employing 11 workers or more) are the direct result of electrocutions at work (2).

  • One-tenth of an amp of electricity passing through the body for two seconds can cause death.

1 “The Most Dangerous Power Tools,”, December 2009.
2 MEM Safety Materials, 2009.

What’s the real cost of workplace accidents?
The impact of workplace injury extends far beyond the costs of medical care, especially when you consider these indirect areas of impact:

  • Morale
  • Group health insurance costs
  • Effects on family members
  • Loss in productivity
  • Skill replacement
  • Tight employment market
  • Cost of hiring new employees

According to data compiled by Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance, the average cost of a lost-time claim is over $20,000—a cost that could easily be avoided through a genuine commitment to workplace safety.

Do you have questions about how Missouri Employers Mutual or the WorkSAFE Center can help your workplace? Contact us today to learn more about our resources and custom safety training.

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