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Abrasive Wheels

Abrasive  wheels, (grinders), are used by workers in countless applications such as manufacturing, maintenance, emergency response and construction. They are primarily used to grind down or cut through metals and other materials. Workers can be exposed to serious injuries when using abrasive wheels such   as:
Stationary abrasive grinding wheel with work rest. A properly adjusted work rest helps prevent injuries.

Photo courtesy of OSHA.

Abrasive wheels (grinders) are used by workers in countless applications such as manufacturing, maintenance, emergency response and construction. They are primarily used to grind down or cut through metals and other materials.

When using abrasive wheels, workers can be exposed to serious injuries, such as:

  • Bodily injury from being struck by the object being cut or grinded.
  • A body part caught or pulled in by moving parts.
  • Eye injuries from flying debris (for example, chips, metal particles, or a wheel that disintegrates).
  • Hearing damage from excessive noise while grinding.
  • Respiratory issues from inhaling dust.
These hazards can lead to workers being hospitalized, suffering permanent disability, and in some cases are fatal. Proper guarding, adjustment of tool rests, and use of ANSI-approved eyewear and other personal protective equipment helps protect workers from these hazards. Be sure to include these things in your required Accident Prevention Program (APP).

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