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§ 23-1.10: Hand Tools

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Code § 23-1.10: Hand Tools

Power tools, both unpowered and electric, can pose serious safety risks to construction workers if they are in poor working condition or defective. If you were injured using a hand tool, we encourage you to contact an NYC construction accident lawyer at The Perecman Firm for a free evaluation of your case. You may have a legal right to compensation!

Rules Regarding Unpowered Hand Tools

Any type of hand tool that has a cutting edge, such as a chisel, knife, or a gouge, must be kept in good working condition. To do this, edged tools must be sharpened as well as monitored for burrs, chipping, and mushroomed heads. If an unpowered hand tool has any of the following characteristics, it should not be used:

  • Dull blade
  • Burrs
  • Mushroomed heads
  • Split handles
  • Loose handles
  • Chipping

Rules Regarding Power Tools

Tools powered by electricity (such as an electric sander) or compressed air (such as pneumatic tools) must come equipped with a power shut off. Before a worker can repair or make an adjustment to such a tool, he or she must disconnect it from its power source. When not in use, these power tools must be “grounded” so that they are properly secured. The electric or hose lines to such power tools must also be protected as to avoid tripping hazards and abrasions.

Contacting a New York City Construction Accident Lawyer

If you were injured by a power tool or a hand tool at your workplace, you may be entitled to take legal action. To find out for sure, we invite you to contact one of our NYC construction accident attorneys. When you call us, we will evaluate the nature of your case and help you determine your options. These initial consultations are free. Should you become our client, know that we do not charge a fee unless we win your case!

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