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5 Machine Safety Guarding Tips

Machine operation and maintenance causes approximately 1800 injuries and over 80 deaths in Canada each year.  However, these incidences are preventable occurrences. Treating them as random accidents outside our control contributes to even more preventable injuries and fatalities.

Vickers-Warnick considers machine safety-guarding to be the most important workplace consideration—your employees are human before they’re resources. Equip them with the very best in machine safety-guarding.

As a leader in machine safety-guarding, Vickers-Warnick has established five machine safety-guarding tips for your consideration:

1. Become current with all government machine-guarding safety standards and regulations.

Educating yourself on machine safety and remaining current on the most recent government codes and regulations is the first step toward effective machine safety-guarding. We strictly adhere to Canadian Standards Association codes pertaining to the protection of personnel from the hazards arising from the use of mobile or stationary machinery, particularly code Z432, ‘Safeguarding of Machinery.’

As part of our commitment to safety, Vickers-Warnick provides comprehensive safety seminars for all employment sectors with the most up-to-date regulatory information.

2. Identify your ‘pinch-points.’

Always identify a machine for its ‘pinch-points’—a machine’s moving parts or places where body parts can become caught, like chain-drives and feed-rolls, or other moving parts adjacent to fixed objects. Once these are discovered, then they can be appropriately safety-guarded.

Also determine if plant personnel can be in a machine’s operating zone while a machine is operating. Be sure to guard the operation area with the correctly measured enclosures and door interlocks before allowing personnel exposure. The best method to manage the risks of pinch-points is to eliminate access to them through the use of guards.

3. Determine the precise safety equipment.

Precisely matching machine-guarding safety equipment to a specific machine and work environment ensures that your personnel remain safe and efficient workers. Customizing your safety equipment to the machine’s pinch-points integrally contributes to personnel safety.

4. Know your stop-times.

The stop-time is the measurement of how long a machine takes to completely shut-down after cutting its power supply. This measurement is necessary to know in order to obtain the correct machine safety-guarding equipment.

For example, when determining the right light-curtain, or other presence-detection device, you must know the distance from the hazard, the stop-time, and how large the opening space is. The protection area can range from the size of an operator’s finger to the entire body’s size. Knowing your specs for each different machine is crucial to personnel safety.

5. Know your safety-guarding material.

Vickers-Warnick works primarily with aluminum and stainless steel machine guards, which ensures that our equipment works appropriately with your equipment—and protects your personnel against preventable injuries.

>>See the complete range of Vickers-Warnick’s customized machine safety-guarding solutions here.

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