Snowblowers and throwers are important for many Connecticut residents during the winter months. These can save you hours of shoveling snow, but they must be used properly. These machines have moving parts that can cause injuries if they’re misused.
All snow throwers and blowers come with an owner’s manual. Even if you’ve had a similar model, it’s a good idea to read through the manual so you can find out what safety features you can count on as you use the machine.
Avoid trying to unclog the machine
One of the most dangerous things that users of these machines do is try to unclog the blade. This is common when the snow is heavy and wet. You should never try to put your hand or arm around the blade to unclog it.
If your snowblower or thrower becomes clogged, turn it off and give the blade time to stop turning. Use something like a stick or handle to try to clear the clog. Don’t try to bypass the shields on the machine. If you still can’t get the clog unstuck, you may have to bring the machine into an area where the snow can warm up and melt.
People who are using snow blowers should ensure they’ve read the manual and understand how to safely use the machine. Trying to bypass any safety mechanisms can lead to serious injuries. Unfortunately, some snowblower injuries are due to defects with the machine. If you’re a victim of a defective snow blower, you should learn about your right to seek compensation. A product liability lawsuit is likely in order. Working with someone who’s familiar with such cases may behoove you since they can walk you through the process and provide assistance along the way.