Toolbox Talks "Grinders / Abrasive Saws" - November 5, 2015

Grinders/Abrasive Saws

Abrasive saws and grinders are among the most common pieces of machinery used in maintenance shops. They are also among the most dangerous. Operators are at risk of injury from the power source, blade, wheel, or from a disk failure or hazard from flying or airborne particles. Remember, abrasive saws and grinders are cutting tools. A hand or a finger that hits the moving wheel surface is in danger of being mangled or cut off. Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself from injury and illness when you work with these powerful machines.

Take these precautions:

* Visually inspect and ring test new abrasive wheels before mounting. 

* Make sure the machine guards are in place and working properly.

* Always leave the wheel in good working order.

* Turn the grinder off when not in use.

* Do not exceed the safe maximum operating speed marked on the blade, wheel or disc. 

* Do not wear anything loose that could get caught in the machine. If you're wearing a long-sleeved shirt, button it at the wrist.

* Wear a face shield over safety glasses when using abrasive saws or grinders.

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