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Angle Grinder Accidents

Accidents at work are always serious, but it’s really important that your place of work is safe when your job involves using dangerous equipment like an angle grinder. If you’ve suffered an angle grinder injury due to someone else’s negligence, you might be eligible to make a compensation claim.

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​Your employer has a duty of care towards you at all times, especially when using equipment like angle grinders. If you’ve been injured when using an angle grinder, find out below if you’re entitled to compensation. 

If you’ve suffered an angle grinder injury due to someone else’s negligence, you might be eligible to make a compensation claim. 

What are angle grinder accident claims? 

An angle grinder injury claim is a compensation claim that relates to any angle grinder accident suffered at work due to factors outside the operator’s control.

For your claim to be successful, your employer has to be wholly or partly responsible for the angle grinder accident you were involved in. If you are entirely at fault for the accident, you won’t be able to make a claim. 

We understand that you might be nervous about seeking compensation from your employer. We appreciate that you’ve had a lot to deal with lately, particularly if the grinder accident resulted in a life-altering injury to you. 

However, it’s worth pursuing your case.  

For many people who have been involved in a serious workplace accident, it’s the first step on the road to recovery. A generous compensation award will mean you have the funds you need to start rebuilding your life. 

Examples of angle grinder accidents 

The following injuries are associated with angle grinder accidents: 

  • Cuts and abrasions caused by flying debris 
  • Cuts caused by an angle grinder’s blade 
  • Eye damage from fragments, sparks, or bright light 
  • Burns from sparks or heated objects after cutting 
  • Accidental amputation 
  • Crushing injuries related to angle grinder work 
  • Vibration white finger from prolonged power tool usage 
  • Lung disease from dust exposure 
  • Various other industrial diseases 
  • Fatal accidents 

Of course, angle grinder injuries are in no way limited to injuries specifically caused by an angle grinder’s blade. 

​​​​Any injuries suffered as a result of an angle grinder accident at your place of work, whether you were the operator or not, are grounds to make a compensation claim if you were not the cause of the accident.  

​​​What are the common causes of angle grinder accident claims? 

​Angle grinders are powerful cutting, grinding, and polishing tools. As explained by HASpod and TFT Pneumatic, if angle grinders aren’t used correctly, the following accidents may occur: 

  • Contact with the wheel: Touching the spinning wheel can lead to deep and severe cuts or, in the worst cases, amputations. The best way to prevent this is with safety guards and wearing the right type of gloves. 
  • Wheel breaks: It’s not uncommon for the abrasive wheel in angle grinders to break. This can happen if the wheel is not mounted properly, operated at the wrong speed, or used after its expiry date.  
  • Contact with projectiles: Debris from the wheel or the material you’re working on often flies into the surrounding area when you’re using the machine. Using the machine at the correct settings and wearing suitable PPE can reduce the risk of being hit by projectiles. 
  • Kickback: When the grinder jams or snags on the material being worked, it can be easy for the user to lose control. To prevent this, use the tool at the right speed and with the appropriate wheel. 
  • Entanglement: As well as the right PPE, it’s important to make sure you keep away clothing and long hair from the machine so it doesn’t get caught up in the rotating wheel. 
  • Fire: If the sparks coming off the machine come into contact with flammable materials, this can start a fire. There should be no explosive substance or flammable materials in the vicinity of the angle grinder. 
  • Electric shocks: Although uncommon, electric shocks do happen, often through careless cable management. It’s a good idea to run regular PAT tests and carry out visual inspections on the machine and cabling too. 
  • Wheel guard removal: When you take off the wheel guard, it increases your potential exposure to hazards like direct contact with the wheel and being hit by projectiles. Keep the guard in place and try alternative, safety-conscious approaches when performing more complex tasks. 
  • Inadequate PPE: Gloves, safety glasses, face shields, and suitable clothing provide excellent protection against hot sparks and flying debris. 
  • Improper body positions: Angle grinders are powerful but, to keep them under control, you should try to maintain a stable stance and use both hands on the tool if possible. 
  • Training issues: Your company should ensure you’ve had the proper training on using an angle grinder before letting you operate one. 

Am I eligible to claim for an angle grinder accident? 

To be eligible for an angle grinder injury claim, your solicitor must prove that your injury was suffered as a result of employer negligence or another third party. 

​In cases of employer negligence, your employer should have carried out the following before you used the angle grinder:

  • Provided adequate training to use the equipment if you were required to operate it 
  • Provided the required PPE to allow you to carry out your job with minimal risk of injury 
  • Provided you with tools appropriate for the task at hand 
  • Carried out maintenance to ensure no defective machine injuries are suffered 
  • Carried out a risk assessment of both the tools in use and the working environment 
  • Regularly updated their work health and safety procedures to minimise potential injury at all times 

If they failed to carry out one or more of these actions, they may have a case to answer for negligence. This means that you are well within your rights to make a compensation claim. 

​In cases where your angle grinder accident was caused by a third party, your solicitor will need to be able to provide evidence that they were responsible. 

Your solicitor will collect evidence to build your case but you can help them by providing them with the following where possible: 

  • CCTV of the accident happening 
  • Witness testimonials 
  • Evidence of your injury 
  • Medical, police, and work records relating to the accident 
  • Photos of the accident scene 
  • Records of other similar injuries sustained on the premises 
  • Any costs associated with medical treatment and travel 

This evidence will help your solicitor present the strong legal argument in your favour during the process. This will substantially increase the likelihood that you are awarded the compensation you deserve. 

How much time do I have to claim? 

In personal injury compensation cases, typically you have up to three years after the accident to make a claim, although there are exceptions. 

While it is possible for a judge to extend the claim period past three years depending on the circumstances of a case, it’s not guaranteed. Please get in touch with us for no obligation advice around your potential claim.  

How much does it cost to make an angle grinder claim? 

Here at The Compensation Experts, the majority of the solicitors that we work with provide no win no fee* agreements, so you don’t need to pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. 

Typically, customers pay 25% including VAT of the compensation amount that is recovered by our third-party law firms, although this is subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be more or less than this.  

For example, you may be required to pay an additional fee for other costs such as after-the-event (ATE) insurance. Termination fees may apply. 

*Conditions may apply 

How much could I receive from an angle grinder injury claim? 

How much compensation you receive will vary depending on: 

  • The injuries you sustained and how they have affected you, both short and long-term 
  • Your loss of earnings, if unable to work during your recovery 
  • Any costs to you and potential future financial losses 
  • Cost of any adaptations made to your home and/or vehicle (if required due to your injury) 

Other factors may also be considered when deciding on your level of compensation.  

If you’re partly to blame for the accident, this will impact the amount of compensation you are afforded, but your solicitor will look to argue a fair liability split so that the outcome is the most favourable it can be for you.  

Why Choose The Compensation Experts? 

At The Compensation Experts, we work with specialist solicitors and legal teams who can help you get the justice you deserve. 

First, get in touch with our expert team. We’ll assess your claim and put you in contact with a solicitor who suits your needs. 

Your solicitor will explain the claims process to you, as well as estimate how much compensation you could potentially claim. They’ll then manage your claim for you to the point of resolution. 

Angle grinder injury claims – Frequently asked questions 

How common are angle grinder accidents? 

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents rank angle grinders as the third most dangerous industrial tool. They estimate that there are 5,400 injuries caused by the machinery every year.   

What are the symptoms of angle grinder injury? 

​​​The type of injuries you can sustain from an angle grinder depend on the nature and severity of the accident.

Angle grinder injuries can be traumatic and, you may suffer cuts, lacerations, abrasions, and fractures. Your sight may be at risk from flying debris from the wheel or the material you’re working on. 

How is an angle grinder injury treated? 

The treatment of your angle grinder injury will depend on the type of injury you’ve experienced and the severity. If you have suffered an accident with an angle grinder, you should report to A&E straight away. 

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