Grinder incidents prompt CAR alert



TWO incidents with angle grinders at Comalco Alumina Refinery (CAR) have prompted the refinery to warn people of the dangers using these tools.

Two contractors, working at the CAR site, were injured using angle grinders recently.

CAR general manager Steve Dumble said both injuries resulted in lacerations that required stitches.

"While investigations into the accidents were in progress, the use of angle grinders on site at CAR were suspended,'' he said.

'The trades people were familiarised with the hazards associated with the use of angle grinders and following that, tested about the principles of safe operation.

'As a result of the accidents, CAR has also strengthened its standards to require enhanced safety requirements for angle grinders.'

Mr Dumble said the two accidents should serve as a reminder to all those who used these tools of the potential for injury if the tools were not used in the correct manner.

'One of the surprising outcomes from our training sessions was the number of trades people who acknowledged that they had never had any specific training in the safe use of a grinder.'

He said the company urged everyone, whether in industry or not, to use safe practices with the angle grinders.



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