RAPEX: Chainsaw 52cc Norrköping- serious risk

Friday, 17 April 2020 08:53 RAPEX
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Report No 16 published on 17 April 2020, alert number A11/00039/20

Description: combustion engine (52 cc) chainsaw with a power of 2,95 HP. T.

Risks: Since the distance of the fingers in the handle area and the size of the handle are not adequate, a user may not place his or her fingers and hand correctly on the product.

The handle may break while the product is in use, increasing the risk of cuts or injuries.

In addition, the hand protection and chain brake are defective, so that in case of kickback or loss of control of the product, the user may not be protected and injured.

The product does not comply with the requirements of the Machinery Directive and the relevant European standard EN ISO 11681-1.

Action adopted: the measures adopted consist in stopping of sales by the manufacturer and in withdrawing the product from the market (Finland).



Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

Annex I

General principles

1. The manufacturer of machinery or his authorised representative must ensure that a risk assessment is carried out in order to determine the health and safety requirements which apply to the machinery. The machinery must then be designed and constructed taking into account the results of the risk assessment.

By the iterative process of risk assessment and risk reduction referred to above, the manufacturer or his authorised representative shall:

  • determine the limits of the machinery, which include the intended use and any reasonably foreseeable misuse thereof,
  • identify the hazards that can be generated by the machinery and the associated hazardous situations,
  • estimate the risks, taking into account the severity of the possible injury or damage to health and the probability of its occurrence,
  • evaluate the risks, with a view to determining whether risk reduction is required, in accordance with the objective of this Directive,
  • eliminate the hazards or reduce the risks associated with these hazards by application of protective measures, in the order of priority established in section 1.1.2(b).
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