Use the resources below to help you with managing your site’s health and safety.
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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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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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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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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