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Angle grinder accidents at work

If you've been injured while using an angle grinder at work, you could be entitled to make an angle grinder accident compensation claim.

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Angle Grinder Accident Claims

Angle grinders are essential in various industries, such as construction, metalworking and car repair shops. They are versatile tools used for cutting, polishing and shaping multiple materials. However, they also pose certain safety risks and can cause numerous injuries if health and safety guidelines are not followed.

Employers have specific duties when it comes to keeping workers safe when using angle grinders and other power tools. These include providing adequate training and equipment and regularly inspecting and maintaining tools. You may be entitled to claim compensation if you have suffered an angle grinder injury because of your employer’s negligence.

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What are angle grinders used for?

Angle grinders are powerful tools that are used for a variety of tasks across multiple industries. Many home DIY enthusiasts also utilise them. Their design, which allows for a rotating abrasive disc or wheel at an angle to the motor’s shaft, makes them suitable for a wide range of cutting, grinding, polishing, and shaping activities. Their most common uses include:

  • Cut metal materials such as steel, aluminium and other alloys;
  • Smooth and shape metal surfaces and prepare them for welding or painting;
  • Polish and finish metals to achieve a smooth appearance;
  • Cut and shape concrete, tiles and bricks in construction projects;
  • Shape and carve wood;
  • Shape and cut metal pipes and tubes in plumbing and metalworking projects;
  • Grind welds, smooth surfaces, and prepare metal for repairs in auto body shops;
  • Cut through materials, break down structures, and remove unwanted sections in demolition projects.

When using angle grinders, following safety guidelines, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, and receiving proper training to prevent accidents and injuries are essential. If your employer has failed to fulfil their duties to protect your health and safety at work, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Employer duty of care to prevent an angle grinder accident at work

Angle grinders can be extremely dangerous and cause various injuries, some of which can be life-changing. Your employer has a duty of care to provide a safe working environment and take all reasonable steps to reduce the risk of injury. Their responsibilities are set out by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and many other laws. These duties include:

  • Conduct thorough risk assessments to identify potential hazards associated with angle grinders;
  • Supply appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including safety goggles, face shields, hearing protection, steel toe cap boots and gloves;
  • Provide appropriate training on proper handling of the tool, safety precautions, and how to use the PPE;
  • Ensure workers have the proper skill and experience to operate an angle grinder;
  • Make sure equipment is properly maintained, regularly inspected, and kept in good working condition;
  • Promptly repair or replace malfunctioning or damaged grinders;
  • Ensure angle grinders are equipped with appropriate safety guards;
  • Allow proper rest breaks to prevent injuries caused by repetitive strain and overexertion;
  • Provide adequate ventilation to avoid heat-related injuries and respiratory diseases caused by inhaling dust and particles resulting from grinding;
  • Regularly update the workplace safety protocols to reduce the risk of injury.

If your employer has failed to uphold their duty of care and you suffered an injury as a result, you may be entitled to make a work accident compensation claim.

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Am I eligible to make an angle grinder accident claim?

The easiest and fastest way to find out if you can start an angle grinder accident claim is through a free consultation with a legal adviser. They will ask you a few questions about the circumstances of your accident to determine whether:

  • Another party, which is typically your employer, owed you a duty of care
  • They breached their duty by acting negligently
  • You suffered an angle grinding accident at work as a result

Proving negligence can be tricky, but your solicitor will be able to show liability by referring to relevant legislation. They will also help you gather the necessary evidence to support your case, negotiate your compensation award, and advise you on the best way forward. If the defendant denies liability or you cannot agree on what would be a fair compensation award, your solicitor will also be prepared to issue court proceedings and argue your claim in court if necessary.

You can also start an angle grinder accident claim against your employer if you were injured due to another worker’s negligence. Under vicarious liability laws, employers are strictly liable for the wrongdoings of their employees.

If the accident was due to a defective angle grinder, you could also start a product liability claim under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. Your claim could be against the manufacturer, distributor, supplier or retailer or the defective product. This could apply whether your accident happened at work or in your own home.

What evidence do I need to support my angle grinder injury claim?

If you were injured by an angle grinder and want to pursue compensation, you will need evidence to support your claim. This should show the cause of the accident, the type of injury you sustained, and how this has affected your life. Your solicitor will be able to help you gather everything you need to make a successful claim. They could use the following types of evidence as proof:

  • Photographs of the accident scene and any defects in the angle grinder that might have contributed to your injuries;
  • If the incident occurred in an area covered by surveillance cameras, you can also request any relevant CCTV footage;
  • Pictures of any visible harm you suffered, such as cuts, bruises and amputations;
  • Training records that show the instructions you received on the safe use of angle grinders;
  • Records related to the maintenance and inspection of the angle grinder involved and the personal protective equipment you received to do your job;
  • An accident report form is essential to show the date, time and location of the incident. You should report the accident to your employer as soon as possible and ask for a signed copy of the logbook entry;
  • Statements from any witnesses who saw the accident occur (such as co-workers) and how it has affected your life (such as friends and family members);
  • Copies of your medical records, including doctor’s notes, diagnostic tests and treatment plans. These will prove the type and extent of your injury and your recovery prospects;
  • A personal journal that details how the accident occurred, who you think was at fault and how your injuries have affected your life;
  • You also need evidence of all the financial losses you incurred due to your accident in the form of receipts, invoices, bank statements or payslips.

Common injuries caused by angle grinders

Angle grinders are powerful hand tools that could cause injuries in the blink of an eye if health and safety measures are not adequately followed. While some of these are minor and allow fast recovery, others can be life-changing. The most common injuries caused by accidents while using an angle grinder include:

  • Cuts and abrasions. Contact with the rotating abrasive wheel can result in cuts, lacerations, and abrasions to the hands, fingers, or other body parts. Severe cuts can require stitches and cause permanent scarring.
  • Eye injuries. Sparks, debris, or particles generated during grinding can cause eye injuries. Without proper eye protection, you are at risk of irritation, foreign body penetration or more severe injuries such as blindness.
  • Burn injuries. Searing hot sparks flying off materials or coming into contact with the heated grinder disc can lead to serious burns. Angle grinders should have guards that direct sparks and hot debris away from the user.
  • Electric shocks. Faulty wiring, damaged cords, or using the tool in wet conditions can expose you to the risk of electrical shock. Employers must ensure that the grinder is well-maintained and that all electrical components are in good condition.
  • Amputations. The sharp and high-speed rotating wheels of grinders can cause serious injuries, such as amputation of hands or fingers. Protective clothing like cut-resistant gloves is crucial to prevent such traumatic accidents.
  • Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). Extended use of vibrating power tools like angle grinders can contribute to HAVS and Vibration White Finger (VWF). These cause symptoms such as tingling, numbness, and reduced hand and arm dexterity. Your employer must provide anti-vibration gloves and regular breaks to protect your health and safety.
  • Hearing loss. Even when not cutting, angle grinders can produce over 105db, which can damage the tiny hairs in the inner ear and lead to hearing loss. You must wear adequate earmuffs, earplugs, or other noise-cancellation equipment to prevent such injuries.
  • Respiratory illnesses. The inhalation of dust and particles created by grinding or cutting materials may result in respiratory issues such as asthma and silicosis. Your employer must ensure effective ventilation systems and provide adequate protective equipment like dust masks.

The type and severity of your injury will determine how much compensation you could receive in an angle grinder accident at work claim.

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Will I lose my job if I make a work accident claim against my employer?

Making a personal injury claim against your employer can naturally feel daunting. However, you do not need to worry about suffering any consequences for starting an angle grinder injury claim following an accident at work. If you were injured due to your employer’s negligence, you have the right to claim compensation. UK employment law provides protections for employees, and your employer is not allowed to retaliate against you for exercising your legal rights.

It is also unlawful for them to make you leave your job against your will because of their conduct. Examples include not paying you, demoting you for no reason, or suddenly changing your work hours. If you are sacked, discriminated against, or threatened in any way because of your claim, a solicitor can help you take legal action under unfair and constructive dismissal laws. An employment tribunal will hear your case and order your employer to reinstate or compensate you as it sees fit.

Frequently asked questions

If you want to make an angle grinder injury claim and have more questions about the claims process, please take a look at the section below. You can also call 0800 678 1410 or request a call back to talk about your case with a personal injury lawyer. They will go over your claim without any obligation to proceed and will happily answer any questions you may have.

How long do I have to start an angle grinding accident claim?

Under the Limitation Act 1980, you typically have three years to claim angle grinder accident compensation. Once three years have passed, your case becomes statute-barred and is no longer valid. However, there are a couple of exceptions to the claims time limit:

  • If your injury developed over time, such as is the case with HAVS, the three-year countdown begins from the date you were diagnosed with the condition.
  • If you were under 18 at the date of the accident, the three-year time limit will start on your 18th birthday. You will have until turning 21 to begin a compensation claim.
  • The time limit is put on hold if the injured party cannot start legal proceedings due to PTSD or another condition that affects their mental capacity. In this case, a litigation friend could claim for them at any time.

How much compensation could I receive for an angle grinder injury?

The amount of compensation you may be able to claim for an angle grinding accident will depend on your specific situation. Your solicitor will ensure that all your losses are included in your claim. These will be grouped into two types of damages:

  • General damages cover the physical injury and how it has affected your life. These are subjective losses that will include pain and suffering, emotional distress, reduced quality of life, scarring and disfigurement. The compensation payout is set by the Judicial College and could be anywhere from £2,300 for a minor hand injury to £403,990 for total blindness. You can refer to our compensation calculator to learn more about the compensation you could claim for various injuries.
  • Special damages cover financial losses and out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the injury. These are calculated based on receipts, invoices and similar documents and could include medical bills, lost wages, care costs and adaptations to your home or vehicle.

Do personal injury solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis?

If you have a valid angle grinder accident claim, your solicitor will work on a no win no fee basis. This service means you do not have to worry about paying them upfront. Your solicitor will only receive a pre-agreed percentage of up to 25% of your settlement if your case is successful. If the claim fails, you do not pay them anything.

You do not need to worry about other legal expenses either. If your case is unsuccessful, all your costs and disbursements will be covered by the After the Event (ATE) insurance included in your agreement. This includes court fees, medical reports, travel expenses and the defendant’s solicitor costs.

If you want to claim angle grinder accident compensation, do not hesitate to call 0800 678 1410 or use our online form to request a free case assessment with an experienced solicitor.

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Speak to a legal advisor, today!

Friendly legal advisors are available to discuss your angle grinder accident claim today.

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  • We are available 7 days a week
  • Experienced personal injury lawyers

*Personal injury claims are provided on a no win no fee basis. If your claim is successful, your solicitor will receive a success of up to 25% of your compensation. If any additional costs could be payable, such as taking out legal protection insurance, these would be fully explained upfront by your solicitor before you decide to proceed with your claim. Termination fees may apply based on time spent on your case, or in situations such as: lack of cooperation, deliberately misleading your solicitor, failing to attend scheduled medical or expert examinations, or not appearing at a required court hearing. Please visit our guide to no win no fee claims page for further information.


Last edited on 13th Jun 2024

With over 15 years in the legal industry, Nicholas Tate has a wealth of knowledge and experience covering all types of personal injury and clinical negligence claims.