Abrasive Wheels (Grinders)

Blue stationary abrasive grinding wheel with work rest, photo courtesy of OSHAAbrasive wheels have countless applications such as manufacturing, maintenance, emergency response and construction. They grind down or cut through a variety of materials including metals. Injuries associated with abrasive wheels are a person being struck by an object, a body part being caught in compressed by equipment or objects, eye injuries from flying chips, particles or a wheel that disintigrates. Abrasive wheels rotate at high speeds generating dust and fumes that adversely affect respirtory function and can contribute to respiratory disease. Excessive noise created while grinding can damage hearing.


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