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5 Ways Operating a 3D Printer Can Result in a Work Injury

There are several potential safety hazards associated with operating a 3D printer. By taking the proper precautions, you can protect yourself and others from harm.

3D printers have revolutionized manufacturing and design, providing a quick and easy way to create prototypes and small-scale production runs. However, as with any technology, there are potential safety hazards associated with 3D printers. This article will explore some of the most common risks associated with operating 3D printers and how to mitigate them.

a 3D printer in use

5 Common Risks Associated with Operating a 3D Printer 

Risk of Fire

One of the most serious risks associated with any type of printer is the potential for fire. This is especially true of older, less-reliable models that use combustible materials like ABS plastic. To reduce the risk of fire, keep your printer in a well-ventilated area and never leave it unattended while it’s running. In addition, it’s important to keep the area around your 3D printer clean and free of flammable materials.

Exposure to Harmful Chemicals

From the filaments used in the printing process to the fumes emitted during operation, several harmful chemicals are associated with using a printer. These chemicals can cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, and other health issues. To protect yourself, always wear gloves and a dust mask when operating your printer. If possible, print in a well-ventilated area to reduce your exposure.

Improper Wiring

Another potential hazard is improper wiring. This can be a fire hazard, as well as a shock hazard if you accidentally come into contact with live electrical wires. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when setting up and operating your printer, and make sure all wires are properly insulated and routed away from areas where they could be damaged.

Entrapment/Crushing Injuries

One of the most common hazards associated with any type of machinery is the potential for entrapment or crushing injuries. Always keep your fingers and hands clear of the printer’s moving parts, and never try to reach inside while it’s running. In addition, be careful when removing finished prints from the build platform, as the edges can be sharp.

Noise Pollution

The loud whirring of the motors can be irritating and even cause hearing damage if you’re exposed to it for too long. To reduce the risk of noise pollution, always operate your printer in a well-insulated area and wear ear protection when necessary.

These are just a few potential safety hazards associated with using a 3D printer. By taking the proper precautions, you can protect yourself and others from harm.

Seeking Compensation for Injuries Associated with 3D Printers

With the many potential hazards associated with 3D printers, it’s important to know what to do if you or someone you know is injured while using one. If you or a loved one has been injured while using a printer at work, you can generally file a workers’ compensation claim. Through workers’ compensation, you may be eligible for benefits including medical expenses, lost wages, and disability payments. However, this process can be complex, and it’s important to have an experienced workers’ compensation attorney on your side.

The Law Office of James. M. Hoffman has over 30 years of experience handling a wide variety of workers’ compensation claims, and we can help you get the benefits you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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