SAFETY FIRST

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I must agree with Odgie’s com­ment in RC161 on the in­ad­vis­abil­ity of re­mov­ing an­gle grinder guards. I was a union safety rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the aerospace in­dus­try, and re­mem­ber a cou­ple of the statis­tics from ma­te­rial pro­vided by the Royal So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Ac­ci­dents (RoSPA) re­lat­ing to an­gle grinders. Over the pe­riod 2000 to 2002, an­gle grinders were third in the top ten of most dan­ger­ous tools, with in­juries av­er­ag­ing 5400 per year.

Hor­ri­ble fa­cial in­juries can oc­cur when a cut­ting disc shat­ters, so it’s not enough to sim­ply wear eye pro­tec­tion, but a face shield should also be worn. These aren’t ex­pen­sive, and you can get them from sup­pli­ers such as Screw­fix. I know most of us com­plain about nanny state health and safety reg­u­la­tions, but search the in­ter­net for an­gle grinder ac­ci­dents, and the pic­tures speak for them­selves.

There is ob­vi­ously more to an­gle grinder safety than I’ve men­tioned here, so it’s worth­while to check out some of the train­ing videos avail­able. Peter Cush­naghan, mem­ber 7906

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