Workplace Circular Saw Accident Statistics

workers hand under a circular saw holding a piece of wood

Almost nothing can do as much damage to the human body as circular saws. These common workplace machines can cause debilitating injuries that can prevent an individual from returning to work while decreasing their quality of life.

At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., our attorneys have over 40 years of experience handling complicated workplace accident claims – including those involving circular saws. How common are circular saw accidents in the workplace, and how can you recover the compensation you deserve? We have the answers.

How Often Do Circular Saw Accidents Happen in the Workplace?

Unfortunately, circular saw accidents in the workplace happen more often than most people think. The U.S. Department of Labor has an extensive record of circular saw accidents in its database. Some studies suggest that circular saws caused nearly 16.5 percent of work-related upper-limb injuries, while others indicate that machinery and power saws in the workplace account for 14 to 34 percent of all traumatic injuries.

How are these types of accidents caused? There are numerous reasons for circular saw accidents in the workplace. In some cases, operator error leads to significant injuries. In other instances, circular saw accidents may result from a lack of personal protective equipment or defective parts.

Some of the most common causes of circular saw accidents in the workplace include:

  • Slips
  • Circular saw misuse
  • Poor machine maintenance
  • Defective design
  • Defective parts
  • Flying particles
  • Machine kickbacks
  • Lack of personal protective equipment

Common Circular Saw Injuries at Work

Circular saw injuries can be life-changing and cause significant physical deformities, emotional trauma, and financial burdens. Some of the most common circular saw injuries at work include:

The U.S. Army suggests nearly 40,000 circular saw accidents occur annually, with at least 40 percent resulting in permanent partial disability. Scarring, the loss of fingers, and other injuries can make it extremely difficult to return to work in the same capacity as before the accident. Significant injuries can also lead to mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety.

Potential Compensation for Workers Hurt by Circular Saws

Workers injured on the job by circular saws may have several options for seeking compensation for their traumatic injuries. One way to pursue the money you need to cover your medical expenses is to file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation is insurance coverage provided by your employer that helps cover your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages if you are injured. Nearly all New York employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance for employees.

Several New York labor laws, like Labor Law 241, allow construction workers and other employees to seek compensation through personal injury lawsuits against employers, property owners, general contractors, and other responsible parties. New York Labor Law claims are possible when the worker was injured on a job site where the employer failed to provide them with reasonable and adequate protection.

You may also recover compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against an at-fault third party, like a saw manufacturer. Our experienced attorneys are ready to review your situation and help you understand which legal avenues are available.

Contact Our New York Work Accident Attorneys for Help

Did you sustain a circular saw injury at work? You may be able to seek compensation for your injuries. Contact a knowledgeable workplace accident lawyer with The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. today to learn more about your legal rights during a free consultation.

For over 40 years, David H. Perecman has distinguished himself as one of the leading personal injury lawyers in New York City, championing all types of personal injury cases including construction accidents, premises accidents, automobile accidents, and medical malpractice, along with employment discrimination, false arrest, and civil rights cases.