RAPEX: Stone polisher - serious risks

Friday, 24 July 2020 07:38 RAPEX
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Report No 30 published on 24 July 2020, alert number A12/01084/20

Description: angle grinder with built-in water inlet and circular blade suitable for polishing stone and other materials.

Risks: the product can operate with the fluid passing through it, but lacks the mandatory residual current protection device. As a result, if the liquid comes into contact with live parts, the product will not stop working and the user may touch live parts, increasing the risk of electric shock.

The product does not comply with the requirements of Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and harmonised standards EN 60745-1 and EN 60745-2-3.

Action adopted: the measures adopted consist in withdrawing the product from the market (Poland).


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).


Harmonised standards

EN 60745-1:2009+A11:2010 Hand-held motor-operated electric tools. Safety. General requirements

EN 60745-2-3:2011+A13:2015 Hand-held motor-operated electric tools. Safety. Particular requirements for grinders, polishers and disk-type sanders




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