How to safely operate a disc sander

Sander on the table in a carpentry workshop or garage
A disk sander is typically used to smooth the surface of plastics and wood.

Accidents at work vary in severity; however, when working with industry specific equipment and machinery, employees become more vulnerable to work-related incidents.

What is a disc sander?

A disc sander is a rotary disc power tool, typically covered in industrial sandpaper, used to smooth the surface of plastics and wood.

Tips for safely operating a disc sander

  • Always wear safety goggles and a dust mask
  • Keep hands and fingers away from the rotating disc
  • Tie back hair
  • Refrain from wearing loose clothing and jewellery
  • Always wear an apron
  • Ensure that a dust extraction unit is installed before using the disc sander
  • Where a disc sander is a permanent table-top tool, an emergency stop foot button must be in use

Disc sander injuries – who is to blame?

As the risk of work-related accidents increases due to machinery, it is important that employees are given adequate training, covering all elements of their role, including correct operation of these tools.

Where a disc sander has not been correctly maintained or satisfactory training has not been provided, your employer may be liable for the injury you sustained.

This is because, legally, employers are required to ensure your health and safety while you are at work. When an employer fails to take appropriate measures to reduce the risk involved in your duties, they fail to meet this legal responsibility.

If your accident occurred in the last three years and you are able to prove that your employer is to blame, a legal firm such as Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim the work accident compensation you deserve.

Accident Advice Helpline

When you have sustained a work-related injury through no fault of your own, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you.

First of all, to check the eligibility of your claim, head online to Accident Advice Helpline’s website, where you will find their compensation calculator.

Also known as the 30 second test, the compensation calculator enables Accident Advice Helpline to gather the fundamentals of your work-related claim. With this information, Accident Advice Helpline team will assess the eligibility of your case and be in touch to advise if your claim is worth pursuing.

If it’s good news, Accident Advice Helpline will work on a ‘no win, no fee*’ basis while managing your claim, ensuring that you do not pay a penny unless your claim is successful. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.

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