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Does an employee have the right to refuse to work if the work equipment is potentially dangerous?

A reader asks: I work in a metal workshop and occasionally need to use an angle grinder to cut metal. The employer wants us to use larger diameter discs than before. These were supposed to cost about the same as the ones we have been using so far, but last longer. However, when using a larger cutting disc, the tool cannot be fitted with a disc guard. Do I have the right to refuse to work with an angle grinder that is without the disc guard?

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