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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    How to safely operate diamond tools

    Diamond cutting tools are exceptionally useful and can make cutting through brick, concrete, stone, and other tough materials, or precision-cutting softer materials, a simple task. Used incorrectly, however, they can be extremely dangerous and potentially cause serious personal injuries.

    Dress to prevent accidents at work

    The first step towards safe diamond tool operation is to wear the right protective equipment. This includes appropriate footwear, snug-fitting clothing, and a hard hat, as well as safety goggles and/ or a face mask, ear protection, and gloves.

    Keeping work accidents at bay

    Step two is to ensure your workspace is clear of potential trip or slip hazards and co-workers at not exposed to the risk of work injuries by flying sparks. Following this, it is time to select the right type of blade for the job and inspect it for cracks, dents, warping, or other damages. Damaged blades are not only ineffective, they also present a serious risk of injuries at work, so they should be discarded.

    Preventing work-related injuries

    Install the blade with its arrow pointing in the direction of the tool’s rotation, ensuring it is fixed properly and does not wobble or otherwise move outside standard parameters. Check flanges (which should be at least a quarter of the blade’s diameter to prevent accidental injuries) for burrs, cleanliness, flatness and warping. Make sure flanges and washers are assembled correctly and the blade is supported properly. Turn on the tool and allow it to rotate for a minute or two, listening for odd sounds like, for instance, vibrations likely to come from a loose blade. Should you hear odd noises, turn the tool off and check for the cause of the noise before continuing.

    Safely cutting with a diamond tool

    To prevent being injured by accident, you should:

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    • Keep a firm grip of the tool
    • Stand to the cutting area’s side, away from streaming hot particles
    • Do not force the tool, but apply only a little pressure to prevent over-heating or damaging the blade
    • Always cut in straight lines
    • If working with a dry cut tool, take short breaks to allow cooling
    • Never grind or use side pressure with the side of the blade

    Work injury compensation

    If you were injured by a diamond tool accident during the past three years through no fault of your own, you may be eligible to claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to confirm your eligibility and initiate your no-win, no-fee* claim.

    Date Published: January 28, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Category: Machinery accident claims

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