Like rabid dogs trying to bite the hand that feeds, power tools can turn from everyone’s ever-reliable tool to the most dreaded device, leaving a poor worker suffer from laceration, gashes, punctured skin and even broken bones. And since accidents may happen on site from time to time, it is integral for you and your co-workers to know at least a thing or two about first aid procedures to nurse the victim while waiting for help.
To begin with, indulge this blog post as it gives yet another safety reminder to always wear protective gear when attending to your power tool-related tasks to avoid, or lessen to say the least, potential mishaps. On the other hand, If worse comes to worst, here are some pro-tips in tending first aid for power tool injuries.
Cuts, Lacerations and Gashes
These injuries are most common when using power saw and other cutting tools. First aid treatment for this depends on how deep the cut is. For shallow cuts, wash the affected area with warm water and soap. Avoid using alcohol, as it will only irritate the wound even more. Put bandage, gauze or a clean cloth to cover the wound. Control the bleeding by applying pressure directly on the wound, then hoist the wounded area. For deep, larger wounds use tourniquet only if necessary.
Burns and Blisters
Tool-related accidents like these usually involve mishandling of sanders, polishers, and grinders and planers. Whether considered major or minor burn, rule of thumb is never put toothpaste, ointment or ice on the burnt area. Instead, wash it with cool running water. Next step is to cover the skin with gauze, or a clean piece of cloth. For blisters, just leave it as is after treatment and never attempt to pop it. Otherwise it will only discharge watery stuff from the wound. Allow it to heal and dry.
Punctured Skin/Body Parts
Leading cause of this injury is nail gun and drills. Don’t try to remove the nail from the body, unless otherwise necessary. Removing this can cause blood clot, and may lead to possible hemorrhage. Advise the victim to stay still. If the body needs to be moved, be careful not to make any big movement. Punctured skin is a complicated accident, so it’s better to wait for medical response.
In attending an injured person, speed and presence of mind is needed as the victim must be losing a lot of blood by then. To start, you need to apply direct pressure on the wound. Use tourniquet only if necessary. Observe if the victim is going to experience shock. Keep the victim warm. Apply CPR if he/she is no longer moving. Pick up the severed body part and put it on top of ice. Do not submerge.