According to the Health and Safety Executive, machinery and vehicles – such as industrial sanders and forklifts – were responsible for over 1,000 minor workplace injuries in the 2012/13 period.
In addition to these minor accidents at work, other employees suffered more severe injuries which contributed significantly to the 27 million working days that were lost ‘due to work-related illness and workplace injury’.
While working with industrial machinery is particularly hazardous, if employees are provided with sufficient training, and the equipment undergoes regular checks and testing, the risk of accidents at work can be significantly reduced.
Top 10 safety tips for working with sanders
- Do not operate the sander without comprehensive training in how to use the machinery
- Always wear appropriate attire when operating the sander – for example, do not wear jewellery, tie back long hair, and wear goggles at all times to protect your eyes
- Be sure the power supply is disconnected before making any adjustments to the mechanics of the sander
- Keep hands clear of the sanding belt
- Ensure guards are in the correct position
- Sand downwards with minimal pressure
- Before operating the sander, check that the abrasive area is not damaged and safe to be used
- Always use both hands while sanding
- Keep the sander and surrounding area free from dust
- Do not leave the machine on or running after use – disconnect the power where possible
Claiming for an accident at work
If you have been injured at work while operating a sander, or another machine, and you believe you were not to blame for the harm you incurred, it’s time to talk to Accident Advice Helpline.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with over 13 years’ experience in dealing with personal injury cases, including work-related claims.Open Claim Calculator
The first step in the claims process is to assess whether you have a valid case to claim compensation. The easiest way to do this is to use the compensation calculator on Accident Advice Helpline’s website.
Also known as the ’30-second test’, the compensation calculator quickly obtains the basics of your claim so that the legal firm is able to determine the eligibility of your specific circumstance.
Should you mutually decide to proceed with the claim, Accident Advice Helpline will then pass your case to an appropriate lawyer to be processed.
Once at this stage, kick back and recover from your work accident, assured that Accident Advice Helpline will do everything in its power to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.