Author Archive | Becky Sorensen

Machine Point Guarding

Machine Point Guarding

Point guarding addresses a single hazard location of a power transmission system with a physical barrier. This is a very common type of machine guarding solution. Point guarding has many benefits in addition to the safety provided by the guard. Maintenance staff and operators can work close to a machine to perform their tasks. Point …

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Enclosure Guarding

Machine Enclosure Guarding

Locations that contain very large moving assemblies may require an enclosure guarding system. This technique, also known as barrier guarding or area guarding, creates a large barrier around the entire assembly instead of just the hazard location. Access points to the enclosure should be secured following company policy, such as a personal or departmental lock. …

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Injuries Related to Equipment Guarding

Injuries Related to Equipment Guarding

According to the most recent data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), many injuries occur from handling oversized equipment guarding. When guarding new or existing machines, it is important to keep this data in mind. 1. Handling/Dropped Oversized and Heavy Guards: 45% Large guards manufactured from steel can become very heavy. An alternate …

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Coupling Guards for Pump and Motor Assembly, Before and After

Case Study: Coupling Guards for Pump and Motor Assembly

The Challenge Machine Guard & Cover Co. was asked by the Army Corps of Engineers in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to bring seven pump and motor coupling assemblies up to current ANSI B11.19-2010 guarding safety standards. The couplings were covered by bent metal covers that were installed years ago and no longer provided adequate protection …

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OSHA Safety Fee Violation Increases in 2016

The bipartisan budget, passed by both the House and the Senate and signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015, contains provisions that will raise OSHA penalties for the first time in 25 years. The changes in the budget go into effect in 2016, with the new penalties coming into effect by August 1, 2016. …

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Outsourcing Safety Guards

Why Outsourcing Safety Guards Makes Sense

Although adding a guard to a machine seems like an easy finishing touch, it can prove to be more difficult than originally thought. Taking the time to fabricate a guard can pull a person away from their own system development, or from their main projects. Many companies consider outsourcing their physical guard manufacturing for the …

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Will OSHA Be Visiting You in 2015?

According to Manufacturing.net, OSHA plans to increase their number of inspections in 2015. Don’t let your guard down — call us today to see how we can help you and your customer have an OSHA-compliant plant. With our easy to use machine guard sizing sheets and our 20 years of experience, we can help you …

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Before and After Guarding with a 2-Bolt Bearing Cover

How Do Bearing Covers Attach to the Bearings?

How do bearing covers attach to the bearings? This is one of the most commonly asked questions. Fortunately, it is one of the easiest questions to answer! Our bearing covers are designed to fit over the entire housing of the bearing. There is a ⅝” flange around our bearing covers. Our customers typically drill through …

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