RAPEX: Grass and bush shear - risks

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Report No 28 published on 14 July 2020, alert number A11/00064/20

Description: grass and bush shear

Risks: the grass and bush shear may start automatically after the battery is inserted. Touching the blade while inserting the battery may cause injury.

The product does not comply with the requirements of Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and harmonised standards EN 60745-1, EN 60745-2-15, EN ISO 10517, EN 60335-1, EN 50636-2-94 and standard EN 62233.

Action adopted: the measures adopted consist in recalling the product from end users (Austria).

Company recall page:  https://www.hofer.at/de/informationen/produktrueckruf.html


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 60745-2-15:2009+A1:2010 Hand-held motor-operated electric tools. Safety. Particular requirements for hedge trimmers

EN ISO 10517:2019 Powered hand-held hedge trimmers - Safety

EN 60335-1:2012+A13:2017 Household and similar electrical appliances. Safety. General requirements

EN 50636-2-94:2014 Household and similar electrical appliances. Safety. Particular requirements for scissors type grass shears



N 62233:2008. Measurement methods for electromagnetic fields of household appliances and similar apparatus with regard to human exposure



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