Slab and block splitters can be used in various construction and landscaping projects in order to tailor paving stones for specific uses, for example in small corners. Being able to split blocks means being able to create very specific paths or paved areas, according to client specifications, without having to order each individual size needed.
What is a slab and block splitter?
A slab and block splitter is very similar to a guillotine. It involves a pair of ‘jaws’ which are used to hold the block in place, and a handle which is then brought down in order to engage the cutting mechanism to slice the block in two. Due to the amount of force that is needed to split a slab or block, these can be extremely dangerous tools to use.
Safety tips for operating a slab and block splitter
- Never use a slab and block splitter when under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants, or when feeling excessively tired or ill
- Never use a slab and block splitter at work without prior training and proper supervision
- Keep children, animals, and bystanders away from the work area
- Always wear protective clothing including goggles and metal-capped boots when using a slab and block splitter
- Never wear loose clothing with toggles or other attachments that could become entangled in the mechanism
- Always thoroughly check the condition of the equipment before use and replace parts that appear excessively worn
- Work on an area that is clear of debris and level
- Always raise the handle to open the jaws fully before putting a block in place
Accidents with slab and block splitters
If you have been injured at work in an accident with a slab and block splitter, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is because your employer has a duty to keep you safe at work, and if you have not been safe, it may be a direct result of a lack of proper equipment, safety gear, training, or supervision.
Accident Advice Helpline
To find out more about claiming for personal injury compensation, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to advise you on whether or not your claim is likely to be successful. If you choose to go ahead with a claim, it will be done on a no win, no fee* basis, and likely with no need for you to personally attend court.
Date Published: February 28, 2014
Author: David Brown