Carpentry is an in-demand occupation and carpenters work on many different types of projects, including but not limited to the construction of buildings, bridge building, shipbuilding, and concrete framework. 

The very nature of the work means that carpenters are working in potentially dangerous environments and surrounded by tools that could cause serious injury on a daily basis. 

Tools Frequently Used By Carpenters

It’s true that tools can decrease the amount of time it takes to complete a project and can also help to keep a carpenter from harm, however, if a tool is used improperly or malfunctions, it can harm the user. Tools commonly used by carpenters include: 

  • carpentry tools used to build ramps for bike messengers

    Nail Guns: Nail guns can misfire, sending multiple nails in random directions. There have been many reported instances of workers being rushed to the hospital with a nail in their face, eye, or even brain. 

  • Table and handheld saws: To state the obvious, if a saw malfunctions, a carpenter can suffer from a laceration or amputation. 
  • Sanders: Sanding tools may not seem dangerous, however, fingers and hands can be hurt if a sander malfunctions. In addition to this, respiratory safety must be taken into account. 

It doesn’t matter if it’s a tool or an accident, the bottom line is that the injuries commonly sustained by carpenters can cost thousands of dollars to treat and can end a career. 

Injuries Often Seen In Carpentry 

The following are the most common injuries sustained in carpentry: 

  1. Amputations: The most frequently reported amputations include fingers and hands. 
  2. Lacerations: If deep enough, a laceration can cause damage to tendons, muscles, and nerves. 
  3. Puncture Wounds: Nails, screws, staples, and sharp tools can cause puncture wounds. 
  4. Traumatic Brain Injury: There are many ways in which a traumatic brain injury may occur – falling objects, a slip and fall accident, or any blow to the head can damage the brain. 
  5. Back Injury: Herniated discs, muscle strains, and spinal cord injuries are just a few of the back injuries that may impact a career. 
  6. Eye Injuries: Wooden splinters or other objects flying through the air could puncture the eye. 
  7. Electrocutions: Yes, carpenters work with wood. But they frequently have to work around exposed wiring and with power tools, which could cause electrocution. 

Injuries like these can cost thousands or even millions of dollars to treat. Thankfully, workers’ compensation helps to pay for treatments. For questions regarding workers’ compensation claims, denials, or appeals, contact the experienced workers’ comp lawyers at Schuster Law.