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Hazard alert - Blade breaks loose in chipper

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A steel blade broke loose in a chipper, penetrated the flywheel housing and was ejected at speed. The blade weighed 1.5 kg and could have inflicted fatal injury. Goggles worn by the operator saved her eyes from probable blinding by steel splinters thrown out of the feed chute.

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Choosing the right guard

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Choosing the right guard for the machine will create a physical barrier between a worker and the dangerous parts of the machinery. Use this flowchart to help you identify the right guard for your machine.

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Design process examples

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Many hazards can be eliminated through machine design. Below are examples of how to reduce or remove hazards that exist at different stages of the machine’s life cycle. Consider how these might apply to machines you are purchasing or modifying.

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Hazard checklist

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The first step in the hazard management process is to identify hazards – anything that could injure or harm someone. Do a workplace inspection to identify all machinery used. The following hazard checklist is an example of a way in which to identify possible machinery hazards in your workplace.

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Noise in manufacturing

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Many manufacturing processes, machinery and equipment produce high noise levels, which can lead to hearing problems. This fact sheet outlines ways you can manage noise at your workplace.

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Hazard alert - Quarry crusher fatality

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A quarry crusher operator was killed when the primary plant stacker conveyor belt that he was standing on suddenly ran backwards due to a component failure in the head drum.

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Hazard alert - Steel splinters cause eye injuries

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A quarry worker was struck in the eye by steel splinters during maintenance work on a rock crusher. The fragments were surgically removed requiring two operations.

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The absolutely essential Health and Safety Toolkit - for manufacturing

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The absolutely essential Health and Safety Toolkit - for manufacturing

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