When manufacturer’s or old machine safety control measures may not be enough

Old Machine Safety

Old Machine Safety

Old Machine Safety

This week we have been to some pretty disturbing site investigations where incidents have recently happened involving RIDDOR. It got us thinking, as we all know Britain is not the great manufacturing giant that is used to be so with that in mind we tend to import a lot of machinery into the UK to be used in factories and so on. Now this week we have investigated a few incidents where guarding and safety devices although not bad could indeed be improved on. We have even seen an ex army world war two pillar drill being used as the business owner told us that "it is the best" and "you just cannot get a machine these days that will do the job". With a slight modification we managed to make the equipment safe for the requirements of the twenty first century and the business owner is not only happy he can use this great tool, his employees and anyone using it are a lot safer from potential harm (from the machine) than our predecessors who used to use it back in the war.

So it may be worth completing a new risk assessment for any equipment you may have that may be old, unusual or may not even have instructions or a service manual in English.

Old Machine Safety

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