Industrial forming and stamping punches are used to create shapes from metal, plastic, and other materials. They are often used in the manufacturing of parts for cars, appliances, and other items. The punches are made of different materials, including steel, brass, and bronze. They can be manual or electric. Manual punches are operated by hand. Electric punches use motors to do the punching.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, punching is the most common occupational injury in the United States. In 2012, punching accounted for more than 20 percent of all work-related injuries. More than half of these punches were sustained by production workers, such as machine operators and assemblers.
The most common punching injuries are hand, wrist and elbow fractures. These injuries can occur when a worker’s hand or arm is forced into an object or surface that is too hard or too compact to allow for natural movement. Other common punching injuries include nerve damage and tendon tears.
If you are injured at work, do not hesitate to consult with an attorney. An attorney can help you determine whether you have a valid claim and can help you negotiate a settlement or court case.