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Grizzly
16-12-2013, 05:49 PM
Re the Above!
I have just been informed about a safety message circulating.
Where recently a Guy using a 110v Hand (41/2") angle grinder to de-rust metalwork.

Had the scarf he was wearing to keep out the cold. Wrap itself around the spinning wheel.

Which tightened the rest of the scarf which was around his neck.

End result Suffocation and Death.

CPR and a defibrillator could not save him.
I don't know the full details, but felt a heads up on the forum may prevent this freak accident happening again.
Well at least amongst the forum members!
Grizzly

install monkey
16-12-2013, 06:42 PM
i dont wear scarfs, never had,never will- also i dont wear medallions around me neck and i keep my man rug well trimmed-and looking to get an 18v makita grinder as a late christmas prezzie:(

install monkey
16-12-2013, 08:03 PM
http://hsmsafety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/ABRASIVE%20WHEELS%20handout%20-%20Angle%20-%20Cut%20off%20only%20v2.pdf
info on safe use- doesnt mention about loose clothing- just overalls, non greasy

Grizzly
16-12-2013, 10:26 PM
[QUOTE info on safe use- doesnt mention about loose clothing- just overalls, non greasy[/QUOTE]

All the more reason to mention it then!

I have been using them since 1970 and have never heard of the like!
This happened at the beginning of this month.
I have a copy of the original safety bulletin and simply put it is not nice reading!
Grizzly

Grizzly
16-12-2013, 10:40 PM
[QUOTE info on safe use- doesnt mention about loose clothing- just overalls, non greasy

All the more reason to mention it then!

I have been using them since 1970 and have never heard of the like!
This happened at the beginning of this month.
I have a copy of the original safety bulletin and simply put it is not nice reading!
Grizzly

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PaulZ
16-12-2013, 11:12 PM
Hi Grizzly
It's always good to remind everyone that moving machinery and loose clothing don't mix.
I think a lot of people probably don't consider hand held drills / grinders etc as moving machinery.
Regards
Paul

install monkey
16-12-2013, 11:14 PM
maybe leave a 240v grinder and a pile of scarfs- might sort out your issue with monkeys:p

Hi Grizzly
It's always good to remind everyone that moving machinery and loose clothing don't mix.
I think a lot of people probably don't consider hand held drills / grinders etc as moving machinery.
Regards
Paul

install monkey
16-12-2013, 11:17 PM
grizzly, what did the hse say, did the user have any training or lots of experience using a grinder, guard in place, was correct ppe worn?
did a job years ago- when makro's got refurbished- i removed about 130mtr of heating pipework, 1 of the labourers had hired a 9 inch grinder- i watched him start the grinder and chop at the 4 inch steel pipe as if he was chopping up logswith an axe!- he stopped when he smashed the disc- had to show him how to use it

Magoo
17-12-2013, 02:07 AM
all I can say is that the H&S systems globally is creating younger idiots every day, that think they are bullet proof.

PaulZ
17-12-2013, 08:23 AM
Hi Magoo
I think you could be right about some of them thinking they are bullet proof. I am forever tell some of the young guys not to lift things that way or you will hurt yourself, don't use that tool that way it might slip and hit you, etc I am pretty sure you know what I am talking about. Some of them just say yea yea and then do the same thing a couple of weeks later, and when they do get hurt it wasn't their fault.
Install monkey
That would be a last resort but then again they say if you pay peanuts.
Regards
Paul