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I’ve heard that 9-inch grinders have been banned on construction sites. Can you confirm this is true?

While there isn't a regulatory ban, regulators in some jurisdictions, such as SafeWork SA and SafeWork NSW, have issued safety alerts. Consequently, some companies have policies in place prohibiting the use of 9-inch grinders due to known risks, opting instead for safer alternatives.

It's important to note that your employer has a responsibility to consult with employees regarding any proposed changes that might impact workers' health and safety. This includes modifications to the workplace, equipment, substances used, or alterations in work procedures.

Our OHS Act requires sharing information, allowing workers to express their opinions, and considering those perspectives seriously. Where there is an elected HSR in place, consultation must occur through the relevant HSR/s.

We recommend reaching out to your Union for expert advice and support. Their experienced officials possess industry-specific insights and can assist you further if needed.

 

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