Machines can assist in improving production efficiency in the
workplace. However these machines have moving parts, sharp edges, and hot surfaces with the
potential to cause severe workplace injuries such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or
blindness. Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from these preventable injuries. Any
machine part, function, or process that might cause injury must be safeguarded. When the operation
of a machine may result in a contact injury to the operator or others in the vicinity, the hazards must
be eliminated or controlled.
High Bay Laboratory
This laboratory is a specially constructed facility with elevated (37 feet) ceilings and an overhead
catwalk and is dedicated to research efforts in reducing fall-related injuries, as well as in improving
the safety of large equipment used in manufacturing, construction, and agricultural applications.
Overall dimensions of the laboratory are 30 by 36 by 37 feet, which are necessary for accommodating
such research efforts as studies of scaffolding systems, ladder stability, tension/compression testing of
fabricated protective structures using hydraulic ram pressure, and access/egress safety for
construction equipment.
Program contact: Jim Harris, Ph.D.
Protective Technology Branch
(304) 285-6120
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