THE Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPSS) has issued a safety alert for a chainsaw disc attachment incorrectly sold for use with angle grinders.
Reports have been received of injuries arising from kickback caused by the chainsaw gripping the cutting surface and forcing the angle grinder to sharply turn or jump out of the hand of the operator.
Graham Russell, chief executive of OPSS, said: "OPSS has taken this important step because the chainsaw attachments are not designed to be used with angle grinders and could cause serious injury or even fatality."
Any businesses or consumers who have these angle grinder attachments in their possession are urged to stop using them immediately. They should contact the seller for redress if they believe the product was incorrectly marketed as compatible for use with an angle grinder.
OPSS is also telling any business that sells these chainsaw discs as attachments for angle grinders to remove them from the market immediately as they do not comply with the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008.
You can read more about safety alerts here.