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A man died after fitting the wrong blade to an angle grinder causing it to kick back and slice into his neck, an inquest heard today. Alastair Green suffered horrific injuries as he tried to use the angle grinder to remove a tree stump in the garden of his home in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. According to the manufacturer's instructions, the tool should only have been used with a grinding disk, but Mr Green, 31, had modified the tool and attached a circular saw blade.
As he attempted to cut through the stump, the contact of the blade - spinning at 100 revolutions a second - with the timber caused a 'tremendous' kick-back which forced the tool into its user. Despite her desperate attempts at first aid, paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene a short time later. The blade had severed his throat and main arteries, the inquest in Leicester heard.