MARK DANIELS - Adviser on visitor and occupational health and safety at historic buildings, parks, gardens, coast and countryside

News archive November 2013

November 2013

HSE re-issues safety alert on use of chain flail/non standard cutting attachments on brush cutters

Non-standard metal brushcutting accessories fitted to petrol driven brushcutters can fail catastrophically in-service. There is a risk of death or serious injury to operators and others in vicinity from ejected metal components. These accessories (such as chains) are manufactured from more than one component and rotate at high speeds.

Suppliers of such equipment should immediately discontinue supply of flail-type cutting attachments for portable hand-held brush cutters. Anyone using them should discontinue use of any non-standard metal cutting accessory immediately and consult the brush cutter manufacturer for guidance.

HSE's safety alert can be found here - http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/brush-cutters.htm.

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