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16 -June- 2022

New high-safety angle grinder from FEIN claim to reduce accidents in the construction sector

The new tool called Portago, was developed by FEIN (a well-known global company that manufactures power tools) in partnership with Bouygues, a large construction firm that banned the use of compact angle grinders in 2017 following a serious accident on one of its sites in France. FEIN hopes that the new tool will transform the construction sector by setting new standards and significantly reducing accidents.

According to RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), angle grinders are classified amongst the most dangerous tools in the industry, ranking third most dangerous, with 5,400 injuries recorded annually.

Portago's non-removeable wheel guard is said to protect users from flying fragments; while users will be unable to operate the high-safety angle grinder with one hand due to an integrated ‘AutoStop’ dead man’s switch and permanently mounted non-removeable additional handle, which only enables two-hand operation. Upon one hand being removed, power to the tool is designed to automatically disable. The product’s anti-kickback function also detects any sudden movements, such as loss of control, automatically shutting off.

In addition to the new health and safety features, FEIN also mentions that the Protago is integrated with an ergonomic grip, plus electronic overload protection and brake, as well as the FEIN PowerDrive brushless motor, which is said to be completely encapsulated to protect the motor from excess debris. FEIN states that the PowerDrive motor is 30% more efficient than that of a 1,100-watt corded machine, ensuring “exceptional performance when working with metal”.

The Protago has also been the recipient of the Red Dot Design Award, winning “best of the best” in the Tools category. It is expected to be available from July 2022

News Courtesy: Safety & Health Practitioner

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