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Belt sanders are a good example of a machine and power tool that is very good at what it is designed to do. It doesn’t have any fancy gadgets but it is does an incredible job at sanding and finishing projects, pieces of wood, and other materials. They come in two types: stationary or handheld. Disc sanders are usually loud, heavy and they have a good kick. This is why it is a very good idea that all employers, construction supervisors and contractors train their employees on how to use the disc sander safely, including requiring their workers to wear eye protection, masks and ear protection. Employers also need to setup a maintenance schedule to keep the belt sander is working order.
Belt sanders consist of an electric motor that powers two wheels or drums. A continuous piece of sandpaper is inserted or mounted over those wheels or drums. Then, once the machine is on, the moving sandpapers smoothes and finishes whatever is either placed on it (in the case of a fixed belt sander) or whatever it is held onto (in the case of a handheld belt sander). Stationary belt sanders are also used on work that involves non-ferrous metals like aluminum. Belt sanders vary between the smallest of handheld ones that are meant for light duty on up to the large ones used by big lumber yards to sand the four by eight pieces of plywood. Some people get belt sanders and slack belt sanding mixed up but slack belt sanding is a technique used by professionals in very specific instances and not often used by the public. One other feature that sets belt sanders apart from each other is whether or not they collect the sand dust that is produced and how they do it. Some common makers of belt sanders include Makita, Black and Decker, DeWalt, Bosch, Porter-Cable, Rikon, Ryobi, Proxxon and Grizzly.
Most belt sander injuries are from wood, metal, splinters or other debris being flung quickly into the air by the belt sander. Some of the possible injuries from belt sander accidents include lacerations, lung injuries, eye injuries, scrapes, deep cuts that need stitches, burn injuries, inhaling too much saw dust, dropping one on a foot, aches or muscle strains from poor posture and much more. Please call us if you are not getting the medical treatment that you need for your belt sander injury as we may be able to help you.
The personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have helped people who have been injured from belt sander accidents for over thirty years. We have the needed experience to assist you in winning and getting the maximum compensation for your injury under the law. This is true for workers’ compensation, third party injury cases, product defect cases or personal injury cases. Call us today at (888) 516-8530 to schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation. You will not have to pay us until and unless we win your case and we can come to you.