Grinding machine was observed as used with damaged grinding disc. Broken disc projectile could potentially cause serious injuries. Many other workers have been injured when angle grinders have kicked back, causing cuts and lacerations.
What were the causes? What went wrong?
- Lack of awareness of hazards associated with use of damaged grinding discs.
- The task specific risk assessment did not cover the associated risks and relevant control measures, such as monitoring of wheel condition by user;
- There was a violation of company SMS requirements relating to the use of electrical tools and equipment;
- Lessons learned from previous similar incidents were not followed, not embedded.
- Conduct inspection and check condition of all grinders & discs on vessel;
- Ensure damaged discs are thrown out and not re-used;
- Refresher training presentation on abrasive wheels safety for crew.
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