A grinding machine is a machine that utilises an abrasive wheel in order to cut sections of metal. It is an extremely useful tool in metalwork, but it can also be extremely dangerous when operated incorrectly and can lead to an accident at work. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we are as committed to reducing the number of accidents in the workplace as we are at providing redress for those who have been unfortunate enough to suffer one.
Safe operation of a grinding machine
Here are some of Accident Advice Helpline’s top safety tips on how to safely operate a grinding machine or grinder:
- Always wear adequate safety wear. The use of eye goggles is essential, as the use of an abrasive wheel against a sheet metal produces a number of hot sparks which can cause a very serious eye injury.
- Inspect the grinding machine before beginning any work. Check that any power cables are not frayed or worn.
- Always select the appropriate type of grinding wheel for the job. Grinding wheels come in various sizes and levels of abrasiveness, and it is important to choose the wheel which best suits the material you are cutting.
- Check the grinding wheel for cracks or other wear and tear.
- Never operate grinding wheels in excess of the manufacturer’s recommended speed.
- Never adjust the work pieces or mounting devices whilst the machine is in operation.
- Do not exceed the recommended depth of cut for the grinding wheel or machine.
- Remove any work pieces from the grinding machine before switching it off.
- It is imperative to use proper wheel guards on all grinding machines.
- When using a bench grinding machine, adjust the tool from 1/16 to 1/8 inch away from the grinding wheel.
If you’ve suffered an accident at work as the result of using a grinding machine within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to claim industrial injury compensation. All claims are made on a 100% no win no fee* basis and you are under no obligation to proceed with any claim.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, for more information. With over years of experience in all areas of personal injury law, you can be guaranteed a transparent and efficient claim process. Lines are open 24/7 and one of our friendly, professional advisors are waiting to take your call.