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Guarding Safety Alerts

Guarding Safety Alerts

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Published by Malaiappasamy.G.A.
This is for reference of Health,Safety and Environment management Students/Professionals
This is for reference of Health,Safety and Environment management Students/Professionals

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Published by: Malaiappasamy.G.A. on Apr 25, 2011
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Operator escapes injury
Operator escapes injury when chain shot misses cab of log processor A dangle-head processor was cutting a log when the chain broke at the top of the saw bar. A tooth flew off the chain, and this "chain shot" penetrated the 5/16-inch-thick steel plate at the side of the cab. The operator in the cab was not injured.The processor was fitted with a chain catcher and guard. In addition, the operator hadangled the saw bar away from the cab — a safe work practice the company was usingas a result of a alert in 2004. However, the window of the cab was only half-inch polycarbonate. If the bar had been directly in line with the cab, the chain shot couldhave gone through the window and hit the operator.Safe work practices:
 Never operate a log processor with the saw bar directly in line with the cabwindow. Position the saw bar at an angle to the window.
Consider installing a chain catcher and chain shot guard to minimize the risk of chain shot hitting a worker. (However, a chain catcher and chain shot guardwill not completely eliminate the hazard, especially if the chain breaks at thetop of the bar.)
Consider upgrading the cab's front window from ½-inch polycarbonate (whichwill not stop all chain shot) to 1¼-inch laminated polycarbonate or itsequivalent.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for chain speed, chain tension, and for maintenance of the chain, bar, and sprocket.
Do not repair chains with used parts.
Keep ground workers at least 70 metres (230 feet) away from a working processor.
Worker dies
Worker dies when struck by board after kickback A worker at a wood-processing plant was feeding rough lumber into a stripsaw. The boards were 2 inches thick, 8 inches wide, and 5 feet long. The employer hadinstructed workers to feed the lumber into the stripsaw from the side. The employer'swritten job safety analysis also requires workers to load lumber from the side.However, to push the boards into the machine with enough force, the worker stood atthe end of the infeed table. A board kicked back out of the stripsaw, breaking into 3 pieces. One of these pieces struck another board on the infeed table. That board shot back down the table, striking the worker and causing fatal injuries.
Safe work practices:
Perform a risk assessment for each machine and reduce the risk of injurythrough safeguarding. The hierarchy of safeguarding, from most effective toleast effective, is as follows:- Elimination or substitution (e.g., eliminate human interaction)- Engineering controls (e.g., effective kickback fingers, barrier guards,two-hand controls, presence-sensing devices)- Awareness (e.g., warning signs and labels, computer warnings)- Training and procedures (e.g., safe work procedures, lockout)- Personal protective equipment (e.g., safety eyeware, hearing protection)

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