Machine Safeguarding: Protect Your People and Your Equipment
Oct 13, 2023
16:00 - 17:00 PM PDT
Session Format
Expert Session

Understand the fundamentals of machine safeguarding. In this case study, look at the essentials to a world-class machine safeguarding program. Learn about the common types of machine hazards and their control methods—including the importance of regular inspections and maintenance. Whether you're a manager, supervisor, or safety professional, this is a must-attend session for anyone looking to improve their machine safeguarding knowledge and practices. Join us to keep your team safe....

Conifex relied upon lockout as a safeguard in operational and maintenance activities in and around the planer equipment. Safeguarding around the planer system was a balance of safe operating procedure and some point of operation fixed guarding around rotating hazards. This approach has historically been the norm within the industry. Utilizing lockout in this fashion can increases the risk of injury due to complexity of lockout, motivation to circumvent procedure, frequency of non-safe failure of energy isolating devices, and long run-on times of rotating hazards.

The results of the project are as follows:

  1. Significant enhancement in safety for production
  2. Reduction of per occurrence planer entry time from 80 seconds to 20 sections
  3. Overall downtime reduction of 50%
  4. Legislative compliance (system is verified and validated) The purpose of this presentation is to explain the project phases, methodologies, challenges, and process during this project.

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