A worker was cutting an aluminium roof using a grinder when the wheel came apart, striking the worker in the face and causing serious injury between his upper lips and nose. A two week stay in the hospital was recommended by the doctor.
The company involved noted the following:
- an improper grinding wheel had been used;
- no safety guard was found on the grinder
- a face shield was not used;
- the worker had ignored both the company’s safety instructions and the warning labels/instructions on the grinding tool.
The company has re-emphasised the importance of following correct and safe practices, using the right tool for the job and adhering to all warning labels/signs.
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