West Sussex Trading Standards are carrying out checks across the county following concerns over the safety of a chainsaw accessory disc that has been sold for use with angle grinders.
The team will contact hardware stores in the county after the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), the UK’s national product safety regulator, issued a Safety Alert for the chainsaw disc attachment after discovering it was being missold for use with angle grinders. These attachments are not designed to be used together and are likely to cause loss of control which could result in serious injury or even fatality.
Peter Aston, Team Manager with West Sussex Trading Standards said: “Although no incidents have yet been reported to Trading Standards in West Sussex, reports from elsewhere in the country 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.
“We are contacting shops in the county who may have these items on sale over the coming days, but we believe that these have mostly been sold online by overseas sellers. So far we have not found any for sale by online sellers in the county.
“Any business that sells these chainsaw discs as attachments for angle grinders must remove them from the market immediately as they do not comply with the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008. They should also arrange a recall for products already sold.”
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Support and Fire and Rescue, Duncan Crow, said: “Anyone who has these angle grinder attachments in their possession is urged to stop using them immediately. They should contact the seller for a refund if they believe the product was incorrectly marketed as compatible for use with an angle grinder.”
If you have seen these attachments on sale in the County, you can let Trading Standards know by calling 0808 2231133 or at www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport