How to safely operate a wall sander

Wall sanders are used in decorating projects in order to smooth down the surface of a wall or remove a previously textured surface in order to start afresh. They save decorators a great deal of time and physical effort and are relatively safe to use as long as proper safety procedures are adhered to.

What is a wall sander?

A wall sander is an electrically powered device that vibrates a plastic surface over which rough sandpaper has been placed. It is usually circular on the bottom with a handle on the top that can be gripped with two hands if need be. Wall sanders are quite powerful and heavy and may require quite a bit of strength to hold up onto a wall for long periods of time.

Safety tips for using a wall sander

  • Never operate a wall sander while under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants, or when feeling excessively tired or ill
  • Never operate a wall sander at work without adequate training or supervision
  • Always wear protective clothing including goggles, ear defenders, a mask, and heavy-duty gloves
  • Always know how to turn the sander off before you turn it on
  • Examine carefully before use
  • Do not attempt to sand down excessively rough areas of plaster
  • Make sure the wall is clean and dry before sanding
  • Make sure the power cable isn’t trailing in areas of liquid or moisture
  • Make sure the work area is well lit and ventilated
  • Do not attempt to use in a damp environment
  • Ensure the cable isn’t allowed to trail in the path of the sander
  • Always turn the wall sander off before making adjustments
  • Do not work near flammable gases and liquids
  • Always use a suitable RCD (residual current-operated device) or from a mains supply with a fitted RCD

Wall sander compensation

If you have been in an accident at work involving a wall sander that has resulted in injury, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is because your employer as a legal duty to keep you safe at work and this includes providing you with adequate equipment, safety gear, training, and supervision.

If you’d like to find out more about personal injury compensation, contact our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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