How to safely operate a random orbital sander

Man using an electric sander
A workman working on a wall with an orbital sander

When looking to sand down a piece of wood there are many different sanders, each suited to a different purpose — some for large areas such as floors, some for small, intricate detail and others for general everyday domestic sanding. All sanders in some shape or form can also cause accidents, and if you use one on a daily basis at work you could sustain a work injury from one, even if it is just a minor abrasion. One such sander you may use quite a lot which can quite easily cause an accident at work is a random orbital sander.

What is a random orbital sander?

A random orbital sander is a tool used for both intricate and general sanding. The main part is circular in shape and rotates to provide an even finish. By orbiting in this way, the sander never repeats the same pattern and doesn’t constantly sand the same area.

How can a random orbit sander cause an accident?

There are several ways in which an accident at work could be caused. The main product a sander produces is sawdust, and if this is breathed in or gets in your eyes it can cause a significant work injury. As well as this, if any part of you comes into contact with the sanding component, especially whilst it is on, it could cause serious abrasions.

How to prevent an accident at work

The first thing to do before you even start sanding is to make sure you are wearing suitable clothing for the job, including goggles and a mask to ensure that the dust doesn’t get into your eyes or mouth. You also want to make sure that you always keep your hands on top of the sander on the handle and nowhere near where you are sanding. Most importantly, always focus on your work and don’t let yourself get distracted.

If an accident at work does happen that isn’t your fault, speak to us here at Accident Advice Helpline to see whether you could make a claim. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Lines are open 24 hours a day.

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