SafeWork SA is investigating an incident where a worker sustained a serious facial injury whilst using an angle grinder fitted with a non‑compatible saw type (milling) blade.
The angle grinder was being used to prepare material to be welded when it became jammed and kicked back into the face of the worker.
SafeWork SA has reminded users of angle grinders to only use cuttings discs specifically designed for the equipment as recommended by the manufacturer.
Some 9 inch (230 mm) angle grinders have actually been banned on some work sites due to the increased risk of injury. SafeWork SA advises that the increased power and size of the unit will cause more severe kickback and gyroscopic effects. A risk assessment to identify alternative methods and tools should be carried out prior to selecting a 9 inch (230 mm) angle grinder.
Click here to access SafeWork SA’s list of risk control measures and advice on angle grinders and their operation. You may also want to save and print out their Safeguard; Plant and Machinery, Angle Grinders fact sheet by clicking here.
If you have any concerns in relation to equipment safety in your workshop, do not hesitate to contact the MTA’s Workplace Relations team by clicking here or by calling 8291 2000.