A tile cutter is an extremely useful piece of equipment for cutting ceramic tiles to their correct size. However, tile cutters can also be an extremely dangerous tool and may cause an accident at work. Accident Advice Helpline are as committed to helping prevent accidents in the workplace as they are at resolving any that arise. Here, we publish a handy guide on how to correctly and safely use a ceramic tile cutter.
The safety precautions
You can prevent a work-related injury from a ceramic tile cutter by taking the normal precautions involved when working with a power tool. Make sure any bench or workplace is tidy and free from clutter. Use clamps to hold any materials in place, and keep them out of the reach of children.
Other general safety tips include wearing adequate safety goggles to prevent shards or fragments from entering the eye and causing a serious injury. Ceramic tiles are liable to shatter and the shrapnel can be extremely sharp. You should also wear a dust mask to prevent any dust from entering the respiratory tract. Most ceramic tile cutters come with a dust extractor as standard but this will not catch 100% of the dust.
Specific instructions for operating a tile cutter include keeping the blade cool. Ensure that the blade remains lubricated with water at all times, continually check the water reservoir and refill as necessary. Never attempt to dry cut tiles with blades that are solely designed for wet cutting. Do not feed the tile into the blade faster than it can cut. Do not operate a tile cutter without a blade guard attached. Before mounting the blade to the tile cutter, always inspect the arbor, arbor nuts, and flanges for any damage, wear, or looseness. Replace any parts that appear to be damaged. Do not exceed the safe operating speed of the blade. Never use a ceramic tile cutter for grinding purposes e.g. trying to smooth the edges of a cut tile, a tile cutter is not designed for this purpose and could cause you a serious injury.
Follow the above steps to help prevent serious injury to yourself when operating a tile cutter. If you’ve been injured as the result of a using a ceramic tile cutter within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be able to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown