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Safety Alert Plant Selection 06022012

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Warning Advised to to nature of photo....grinder \'kicked back\' causing it to strike operators face!

Warning Advised to to nature of photo....grinder \'kicked back\' causing it to strike operators face!

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  • 1. Safety Alert PLANT & TOOL SELECTION & SAFE SYSTEMS OF WORKOn Monday 23rd January 2012, an operative was cutting concrete using a 9” grinder, above hishead. The grinder kicked back violently, causing the grinder to strike the operative in the face(see picture above). The operative was not working alone, and his workmate ensured that hegot to hospital in a speedy manner. The wound required many stitches, but fortunately thecutting blade did not damage any tooth or bone.During the accident investigation that followed, all the paperwork was in place, and allpersonnel involved had signed up to it. However, the safe system of work (SSoW) was rathervague with regard to describing the tools to be used (the SSoW stated “small” grinder).Although a 9” grinder is not small, describing it in more detail would have removed thisproblem.The SSoW made no allowance for the dust that would be generated as a consequence ofcutting concrete. Although this was not the primary cause of the accident, it may have beenan aggravating factor.If you feel that the SSoW that you have been briefed on is inadequate or not correct, STOP. GET IT CHANGED. THERE ARE NO MEDALS FOR CARRYING ON WITH THE WRONG OR INADEQUATE PAPERWORK. THE STANDARD YOU SET IS THE ONE YOU WALK AWAY FROM
  • 2. Safety AlertYOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR AND YOUR WORKMATES’ SAFETY. DON’T CUT CORNERS, LOOK AFTER YOURSELF AND OTHERS. DON’T BE AFRAID TO STOP AND SPEAK UP IF IT’S NOT RIGHT. WE WANT ALL OF YOU TO GO HOME EVERY NIGHT TO YOURFAMILIES IN THE SAME CONDITION THAT YOU ARRIVED FOR WORK. NO COMPROMISE

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