NT WorkSafe recently issued a safety alert is to highlight the risks associated with the use of angle grinders after eight reported laceration incidents this year.
A Darwin worker sustained a serious laceration to his arm, including damage to his artery while using a 5-inch angle grinder to cut bolts on a vessel.
The grinder, which had its handle removed, kicked back while the worker was cutting a bolt causing the blade to strike the worker’s forearm. Co-workers provided immediate first aid to the worker, before he subsequently underwent emergency surgery.
A risk assessment undertaken after the incident determined the remaining bolts could be removed using spanners.
This is the eighth serious laceration involving grinders reported to NT WorkSafe in 2020. A review of the incidents identified the following common contributing factors:
The safety alert recommended a number of required actions: