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I am sure most of you have seen an angle grinder disk go bang, my first time today!!!

Said to my collegue, put some safety glasses on......

Nah dont need those.....

Here, a nice new pair, wear them!

BANG!!!!!

We both got showered in 9" grinder disk, thankfully, all we got between us was a slight cut to a leg!!!!!

Both had a face full of **** though!!!!

Very lucky.
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Adam W

The benefits of a pair of safety glasses shouldn't be underestimated; last year I was using a bit of polythene pipe (it was all we had) as a draw wire, lying down under a floor. I slipped and the pipe sprang back and hit me in the eye. The guy at the eye unit at A&E said he gets loads of sparkies and tradesmen in general with similar injuries.
They gave me some drops which made my pupil dilate and gave me blurred vision so I had 3 days off work (unpaid) that week, then have had a couple more off (unpaid) when the scratch opened up again.
To top it all off I went to a waterpark on holiday a couple of weeks ago. A large splash of chlorine water in the eye is particularly uncomfortable with a corneal abrasion - cue itchy, watery, bloodshot eye for the next 3 days :(

I wear safety glasses nearly all the time at work now. I learned the hard way.
 

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Should be full face shield with angle grinders as they can also bite especially on the bigger hand grinders, if that happens the natural rotation has the effect of flicking the whole grinder towards your head... got a bloke on site that found this out the hard way and thus had the blade cut deep into his cheek.
 
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MarkieSparkie

Well done mate. A lot of others may not have been sensible with their own PPE, let alone that of their college.
 

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I wore mine today as i was chasing for most of the day. In the past i have not bothered but have had brick/block slivers in the eye on two occasions and it is not pleasant. My own fault
 

Strima

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Seen so many accidents and injuries that could have been avoided by wearing correct PPE, I still forget sometimes though and that's when it bites...
 

kingeri

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And wear knee pads too. My father and father in law both have knackered knees from years of hard graft. Also painful if you kneel on a nail or staple (or worse still grippa-strip)!!
 
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parker56

always wear them now,I used a motor strimmer years ago without glasses, flicked a stone straight into my left eye,spent five days flat on my back in hospital cost me 50% of my vision.
 
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chenghsiehshih

of flicking the whole grinder towards your head... got a bloke on site that found this out the hard way and thus had the blade cut deep into his cheek.


 
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chenghsiehshih

but have had brick/block slivers in the eye on two occasions and it is not pleasant.

 

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The trouble with safety glasses is people use them ,they steam up, even the ones which say they don't and then they get taken off
I used to work in engineering and saw several accidents ie exploding machine tools and grinding discs very common and usually quite nasty
I always wore mine as I didn't fancy a new nickname like the ones given to 2 colleagues in different companies who lost an eye each.
by the way if cyclops or terminator are reading this '' Alright lads!''

Seriously though its not funny when it does happen and I'm always telling people to put them on the two chaps above were both young when it happened to them

A few years ago I was working on a kitchen contract with 6 lads, just first fixing everyday for a year , the firm typically gave you one pair and expected them to last 10 years and people were constantly getting bits of cement ,plaster and wood /dust in their eyes , they wore them until they were too scratched ,around two weeks and carried on without them.
I always bought my own anyway for this very reason which some people found amusing but I didn't care about the cost as its cheaper than a new eye!

I did a bit of research into other products and found some glasses which used stainless steel mesh with microscopic holes so they'll stop foreign objects (not sparks though) and to some degree dust but the good thing is they cannot steam up and last much longer than the polycarbonate type

I never actually ordered any to try but last week I was talkng about it with the apprentice and I'm going to order some to see if they're good in practice has anyone any experience of these specs?
 

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kneeled on a screw 6 weeks ago, kneecap fookd still, aint joking
 

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I would be interested to hear how you get on with those specs????

When you buy them could you post a pic too?
 

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I think they have a time and a place, (ie when your using power tools) But on these sites where they want you where them all the time, jesus what a pain. :|
 
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Shattered discs are more oftem than not caused by overtightening the centre nut that holds the disc in place.

It only needs to be just tight, I've seen guys hitting the spanner with a hammer to get it tighter, 10 mins later BANG!!!
 
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Adam W

I think they have a time and a place, (ie when your using power tools) But on these sites where they want you where them all the time, jesus what a pain. :|
Some of them want you to wear all of the gear all of the time - hard hat, glasses, ear plugs, high viz, steel toecaps, gloves, long sleeves... Regardless of the task you're doing or where it is - high viz indoors where there are no vehicles about doesn't make much sense, similarly wearing a hard hat at the top of a scaffold tower or steel toecaps in a finished office or customer's house when the customer is walking around in slippers or barefoot, or having to try to write something with gloves on. If anything I reckon it discourages operatives to think and identify hazards for themselves, thereby making the site less safe.

I would welcome a swing back in the direction of the old 'wear PPE by all means but if you get hurt it's your own stupid fault' way of thinking.
 
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Guest123

Sorry to keep banging on but, you should also make sure the disc you use is rated to the RPM of your grinder too.

I've seen guys loose half their faces through poor grinder use, it aint nice I can tell thee.
 

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The benefits of a pair of safety glasses shouldn't be underestimated; last year I was using a bit of polythene pipe (it was all we had) as a draw wire, lying down under a floor. I slipped and the pipe sprang back and hit me in the eye. The guy at the eye unit at A&E said he gets loads of sparkies and tradesmen in general with similar injuries.
They gave me some drops which made my pupil dilate and gave me blurred vision so I had 3 days off work (unpaid) that week, then have had a couple more off (unpaid) when the scratch opened up again.
To top it all off I went to a waterpark on holiday a couple of weeks ago. A large splash of chlorine water in the eye is particularly uncomfortable with a corneal abrasion - cue itchy, watery, bloodshot eye for the next 3 days :(

I wear safety glasses nearly all the time at work now. I learned the hard way.
I personally in your case wouldn't be worried too much of a serious accident but more so of a heart attack that plate of greasy breakfast will give you if its there as a pic of pride (profile pic) ;) , slight humour aside my crowd of mates are in their 40's and 50's and those that lets say enjoy their curries and fry-ups are ALL now effected in some way or other be it Diebetes to strokes etc....... Weetabix all the way mate or pay the price. Dont get me wrong not preaching just saw your pic and reminded me of a freind we just buried 46yrs old heart attack related to diet and drink.
 

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Sorry to keep banging on but, you should also make sure the disc you use is rated to the RPM of your grinder too.

I've seen guys loose half their faces through poor grinder use, it aint nice I can tell thee.
Posted it earlier but yes seen this although he had goggles on he ripped right up his face because when disc snagged and kicked back, ive seen ppl talking about eye protection regarding grinders but PPE for a hand grinder should be full face shield.
 

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Just watched an episode of the Salvager, nothing more than a pair of Dr Robotnic glasses and a bandana are needed for cutting through an old bandsaw blade with sparks landing on his workshop carpet, pure genius...

It will never beat the local I saw in a hot and dusty country using a gas axe to cut up vehicle chassis wearing nothing more than flip flops and a dish dash, he did hop a few times with the molten stuff landing on his toes.

I have to agree that some places take PPE to the extreme when it is not required, seen one bloke kicked off site as he'd just taken his gloves off to refit a grub screw that had decided to roll around on the floor. No questions asked, pack up your tools and F off... The problem is too many H&S nazis getting too much money without a clue.
 
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Guest123

The link is a free download from the HSE regarding the use of handheld grinders. Well worth a read.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/hsg17.pdf
 
Posted it earlier but yes seen this although he had goggles on he ripped right up his face because when disc snagged and kicked back, ive seen ppl talking about eye protection regarding grinders but PPE for a hand grinder should be full face shield.
I agree. I use a grinder all the time for cutting tray, trunking ect. Im issued a visor, but a few months ago, I didn't wear it. I got a shard of steel in my eye, and had to go to a&e to get it pulled out. I wear glasses too, and the shard managed to get behind my glasses.
 

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Sorry to keep banging on but, you should also make sure the disc you use is rated to the RPM of your grinder too.

I've seen guys loose half their faces through poor grinder use, it aint nice I can tell thee.
Few years ago near me a guy was using a 110V 9inch grinder on 240V (someone changed the plug) with no guard. He was working alone and the disk was overspeeding and burst, Piece flew off and cut his throat and he bled to death. Safety glasses wouldnt have helped him.
 
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My son-in-law is a mechanic.
Undoing a bolt under a car on a lift using a spanner, small piece of rust fell into his eye.
Two days later, off to Moorfields, removed the small piece of rust.
The optician said he would have lost the sight in the eye if it had worked in another millimeter.
 
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Adam W

I personally in your case wouldn't be worried too much of a serious accident but more so of a heart attack that plate of greasy breakfast will give you if its there as a pic of pride (profile pic) ;) , slight humour aside my crowd of mates are in their 40's and 50's and those that lets say enjoy their curries and fry-ups are ALL now effected in some way or other be it Diebetes to strokes etc....... Weetabix all the way mate or pay the price. Dont get me wrong not preaching just saw your pic and reminded me of a freind we just buried 46yrs old heart attack related to diet and drink.
The breakfast in my profile picture is more of a tribute to the Olympics (it's a Little Chef 'Olympic breakfast') than an indication of my lifestyle.
I'm a firm believer in 'everything in moderation' - I don't think one Olympic breakfast is going to give you a coronary but if you had one every day you'd most likely end up paying for it later in life. Same with things like takeaways and ready meals, and even eating out at restaurants; restaurant food is almost always cooked with flavour in mind over health, and contains more fat, salt and sugar than you might think. Again the cumulative effect of a couple of pints in the pub after work every night will take it's toll after a while, although I enjoy a few jars at the weekend without worrying that one day it might kill me.

You might look at some of the 'gross-out' meals on Man Vs Food (the kind where if you finish it all in 20 minutes you get it for free and they put your picture on the wall) and think they're promoting obesity and a generally unhealthy lifestyle, but again I think they're intended to be eaten responsibly as a rare 'challenge' rather than a way of life.

By the sound of it, angle grinders are far more dangerous than a fry-up, even one which looks like this:
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Thanks Adam, I've now got the munchies...
Me too , should be a law against it.
 
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Adam W

Thanks Adam, I've now got the munchies...
LOL yeah I feel hungry every time I post. I'll definitely have to change my picture after the Olympics.

To be fair the massive breakfast on a tray looks blooming awful - they've clearly gone for quantity over quality; everything just whacked on a griddle: pack of cheap sausages, pack of bacon, pack of black pudding, tin of beans, tin of tomatoes, box of eggs... They could have sacrificed some of it for a few hash browns and some fried bread, maybe even some potato waffles, varied the way the eggs are cooked (some fried, some scrambled)...

Sorry, I'm doing it again.
 

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Shut up FFS, I'll have no food left in the fridge at this rate!!!
 
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