Handheld or portable abrasive wheels, grinders, and cutting discs can be very dangerous, and are considered to be some of the most dangerous pieces of equipment in the workplace.
- 23% of all accidents involving abrasive wheels are due to the wrong wheel being fitted
- 29% of all accidents involving abrasive wheels are due to over-speeding
- 48% of all accidents involving abrasive wheels are due to operator error or unsafe systems of work
Hazards associated with abrasive wheels include: the wheel breaking or bursting, contact or entanglement with a running wheel, physical injury from the component being cut or ground, as well as noise, and dust inhalation.
Injuries due to abrasive wheel accidents can include cuts and gashes, burns, digit and limb damage up to and including amputation, severe bodily injuries, severe facial injuries, disfigurement, and even death. There are approximately 5,400 abrasive wheel accidents annually, over half of which involve injuries to the head and face.
Whether you work with abrasive wheels every day, have responsibility for those who do, or just want to increase awareness in your workplace of the dangers these pieces of equipment pose – make sure operatives are suitably trained, and download and display a copy of our FREE Handheld Abrasive Wheel Safety Poster.
COSAINT TRAINING HANDHELD ABRASIVE WHEEL SAFETY POSTER
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