Stump grinders are used in many different logging, construction and landscaping projects in order to remove the large stump that is left behind when a tree is cut down. These stumps are attached to roots that can go down many feet into the ground, and spread out even further, so they can sometimes be very difficult if not impossible to dig up. Stump grinders mean that this doesn’t have to be done; the stump is simply ‘ground’ down to the ground instead, leaving a level surface behind.
What is a stump grinder?
A stump grinder is a jagged circular saw which is attached to wheels and a handlebar in the style of a lawnmower. Stump grinders can either be manually pushed or attached to an engine, which will sometimes have a seat so that users can drive the tool around, again in a similar style to a large lawnmower. Because they are so powerful, they can be very dangerous to use.
Safety tips for operating a stump grinder
- Never use a stump grinder if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs or if you are excessively tired or ill
- Always wear protective goggles (even if you are just in the same area as someone else who is using a stump grinder) as small bits of wood can be thrown backwards from the blades of the grinder
- Always wear protective clothing and metal-capped boots
- Never wear loose clothing or anything with toggles or other attachments which could potentially become trapped in the blades of the grinder
- Never attempt to lift a stump grinder without help
- Ensure the work area is well-lit and ventilated
- Always turn the stump grinder off when not in use
- Never leave the stump grinder turned on and unattended
- Never attempt to use a stump grinder without proper training and supervision
What to do if you have been injured in an accident with a stump grinder
Because these saws are so powerful, stump grinder injuries can be particularly painful and debilitating. If you have been injured in any way by a stump grinder at work, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is because your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe at work, which includes providing you with the correct equipment, training, and supervision. For more information on personal injury compensation, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline.