Last reviewed 2 July 2021
The UK’s national product safety regulator has issued a Safety Alert for a chainsaw disc attachment that has been incorrectly sold for use with angle grinders.
The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) warns that 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 death.
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.
This Safety Alert is the result of a risk assessment carried out by OPSS following two previous risk alerts published by the Office in February, based on information from local regulators.
The OPSS is working with local authority Trading Standards departments to identify and take appropriate action against these chainsaw attachments.
It 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.
Any 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,” the OPSS has advised.
A poster illustrating the product concerned can be found at GOV.UK.