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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Michigan Safety Conference

2017 Michigan Safety Conference

Machine Guard & Cover Co. will be exhibiting at the Michigan Safety Conference at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI on April 11-12, 2017. Please see us at booth #702. Jet LaBarge, Vice President at Machine Guard & Cover Co. will be presenting on machine guarding on Tuesday, April 11 from 3:15 to 4:15. …

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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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National Safety Council

National Safety Council Expo 2016

Machine Guard & Cover Co. will be exhibiting at the National Safety Council Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on October 17-19. Please see us at Booth #1100. Our new line of split round covers have sparked interest with many of our customers. Visit us to see how small gaps can be …

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Safety 2016

Safety 2016

Please join Machine Guard & Cover Co. on June 26-29 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA for Safety 2016. We will be exhibiting at Booth #1202. Stop by to check out our new line of shaft covers. These shaft covers are available for horizontal or vertical applications, with a variety of flange …

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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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2016 Michigan Safety Conference

2016 Michigan Safety Conference

Machine Guard & Cover Co. will be exhibiting at the 2016 Michigan Safety Conference on April 19-20 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Come see our newest line of bearing shaft covers, or come with your questions about OSHA machine guarding standards. We hope to see you there!

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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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Generator Turbine Shaft

Case Study: Hydroelectric Plant Shaft Guard

Machine Guard & Cover Co. specializes in both stock machine guards and bearing covers, as well as in-house tooling and manufacturing of custom parts. The Challenge Low head hydraulic power plants have turbines set at or close to the discharge level of the water, with a generator placed above the turbine. (See Figure 1) These …

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