Workplace injuries are so much common in many organizations therefore costing the businesses and also minimizing the overall productivity of the workers. Most of the people working with different machinery like abrasive wheels are more exposed to different kinds of injuries and thus the reason why it is important for every employer to implement the right safety measures in his or her workplace to keep the employees and other staff safe.
In case you operate abrasive wheels and other hazardous equipment in the workplace, it is important to make sure that you understand some of the key tips that can help you avoid any injury while on the job. It is crucial for every person working with abrasive wheels to first learn about the common injuries that he or she is exposed to while on job. When you fail protect your eyes from flying particles or even fail to operate an abrasive wheel in the right manner, you are at high risk of sustaining some eye and hand or finger injuries respectively. There are so many safety tips that can help you avoid some of these injuries when operating abrasive wheels and some of these tips are discussed below.
The first tip for operating an abrasive machinery in a very safe manner is checking its speed before starting to use it. It is very important to make sure that the grinder does not at any time rotate faster than the maximum RPM speed so as to always keep the wheel under control.
The other tip that can increase your safety when operating an abrasive wheel is inspecting the wheel and the guard before using it to ensure that the wheel has the right wheel guard. The wheel guard is greatly recommended to help keep your eyes protected from flying particles. Wheel inspections are greatly recommended to prevent the workers from operating cracked or damaged wheels that might cause various injuries and other problems like inefficiencies during work. Remember that the abrasive wheels are made of so many parts and a problem on any part may result to injuries when working with it and thus important to check the whole assembly very well and ensure that all the parts have been properly tightened.
Most of the flying particles are caused by poor wheel dimensions and thus necessary to use the right dimensions. Before you use the abrasive wheel, make sure that you test it first. When using an abrasive wheel, make sure that you use a little common sense to avoid injuries and this is through avoiding putting excess pressure on it, grinding opposite direction of other workers as well as avoiding grinding on the wheel’s straight edge. Make sure that you use protective gears for an abrasive wheel where these gears include masks, helmets, goggles, ear protection and leather aprons.