How to safely operate a paddle mixer

On a building site, there are dangers at every turn. It’s no wonder that building sites are considered one of the most dangerous places to work, with many thousands of personal injury compensation claims being made for accidents in the workplace on building sites in the UK each year.

Almost every piece of equipment that is used on a building site can be dangerous if it is used negligently, or without the proper training, equipment, or supervision. The paddle mixer is no different. In this article, we’ll look at how to safely operate a paddle mixer in order to prevent accidents.

What is a paddle mixer?

A paddle mixer is like the scaled-up version of the hand-held food mixer: it is inserted into large containers in order to mix the contents and it does so by swirling its paddles, which can be different shapes depending on what substance the paddle mixer is intended to mix.

Safety tips for using a paddle mixer

  • Always wear protective goggles, footwear, a mask, protective clothing, and ear protectors
  • Always ensure the mixer is in a suitable and safe area, on level ground.
  • Ensure the power cable is dry and isn’t near any pools of liquid
  • Do not use in the rain
  • Do not use without the guard in place
  • Never leave the mixer running unattended
  • Never insert your hands into the mixing container when the paddles are moving
  • Before turning the mixer on, ensure there are no hazards inside the mixing container
  • Be careful when adding anything into the mixing container – do so slowly and smoothly

What to do if you are injured in an accident with a paddle mixer

If you are injured in any way at work, there is always the possibility that your injury may be due to employer negligence. This is because your employer has a duty to keep you safe at work, which includes providing proper equipment, training, and supervision at all times.

If you have been injured in an accident with a paddle mixer and feel this was through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. To find out more, contact our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to tell you whether or not your claim is likely to be valid as well as how much compensation you could potentially receive. For a very quick guide to your eligibility, check our 30-second online test.

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