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The injured party (IP) was using a 5” grinder to remove the galvanised finish of a bracket in the temporary fabrication shop. Upon finishing the task the grinder was placed on the workbench, with......

The injured party (IP) was using a 5” grinder to remove the galvanised finish of a bracket in the temporary fabrication shop. Upon finishing the task the grinder was placed on the workbench, with the disc facing up over towards the ceiling. The IP reached across the workbench to grab a spanner and his left hand came into contact with the disc that was still rotating from the operation of the grinder.

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  • All portable grinders should have 'Dead-man' switch to avoid such running unmanned or stop during emergency of slipping from hand while operation. There was also an Near miss incident with Grinder fitted with Dead-man switch. The fabricator left the grinder on the ground in the job location. A passer by stepped on the grinder without knowing leading to Dead-man switch pressed and grinder started running. Fortunately his leg not got injured. This Near Miss gave a lesson that the Grinders should not be left without disconnecting its power supply.
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  • 1. Safety Bulletin; Cut to Finger – FPRM Business Unit (UK) Bulletin No Date Severity Potential Likelihood of reoccurrence FOGAP UK 061 05/11/2013 MEDICAL TREATMENT LOST TIME / AMPUTATION POSSIBLE Description: The injured party (IP) was using a 5” grinder to remove the galvanised finish of a bracket in the temporary fabrication shop. Upon finishing the task being undertaken the grinder was placed on the workbench, with the disc facing up over towards the ceiling. The IP reached across the workbench to grab a spanner, in carrying out this movement the outside of the index finger of the IP’s left hand came into contact with the disc that was still rotating from the operation of the grinder. Picture(s) / Sketch Reconstruction of position of grinder at time of incident Reason / Immediate Cause: The IP had not stopped and thought about the hazards and dangers involved to fully appreciate the consequences of placing the grinder with the disc facing in an upward position. Glove being worn at time showing location of injury Core reason / root cause: Actions: the IP was taken to the local accident and emergency department to have the extent of the injury assessed by a registered medial practitioner. During this visit the IP was given two pain killers, the hand was visually examined, cleaned and stitched (with a total of four stitches.) It was also confirmed that there was no apparent ligament damage to the finger as the IP had full movement and flexibility. The IP returned to work at approximately 03.30am and finished the remainder of the shift. The ‘moving parts of machinery’ section within the risk assessment will be revised to incorporate the time delay on the equipment to ensure the grinder has stopped rotating before placing it down on a workbench etc. as well of the good practice of placing the grinder face down after use. Refresher abrasive wheel training to be provided to remainder of work party. Complacency on behalf of the IP due to the continued use of the work equipment that has the potential to cause a very severe injury. IP injured finger after treatment – Index finger left hand