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Production Router Poses Electric Shock Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that the router base handles are not insulated, so there is a chance that a user may receive an electric shock when using the product.

No incidents or injuries have been reported, but owners should stop using it immediately, unplug the router, and contact Porter-Cable for a replacement that has insulated handles.

Porter-Cable has posted a notice on their website detailing additional product and contact information.

The following is a list of the product model numbers, speed, and features.

Model Number

Speed/Feature

7518

5-speed

7519

1-speed

7519EC

1-speed/has an extended chuck

22-7519-60

1-speed/ uses 220-volt power source

 

 

At Shapiro & Appleton we take electric shock injuries very seriously. Electric shock injuries can accompany extensive medical bills, lost wages from being unable to perform usual duties on the job, pain and suffering, and the emotional toll of what could be a sudden and debilitating injury.

Given the legal nature of many electric shock injury cases, an experienced attorney should be able to navigate state, federal, and OSHA regulations. Our firm’s attorneys are not only equipped with knowledge of how these regulations apply, but also of the damage electrocution can cause on the human body, in addition to our practice area in product recalls, should the injury be the result of a defective product.

An epidemiologic survey of injuries sustained from woodworking tools reports that woodworking equipment results in approximately 720,000 injuries per year. Of the survey respondents, 27% were hospitalized for an average of 3.7 days due to their injury. Woodworking is physically taxing and inherently prone to workplace hazards, due to the powerful tools and heavy materials involved. When a tool intrinsically poses an electric shock hazard, it unnecessarily magnifies the risk.

 

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