The Department of Labour has successfully prosecuted a number of companies for their part in serious workplace accidents which could have been avoided if pieces of machinery had been properly guarded. In April a Wellington company was fined $30,000 and ordered to pay $5,000 reparations after an employee’s finger was partially amputated…

In May two companies were fined $30,000 and $40,000 and ordered to pay reparations totalling $30,000 after one employee had his hand cut and broken and another had his arm amputated because of exposed and unguarded nip points…

The obligation to guard machinery has been in legislation for over a century and the department is still finding inadequately guarded machinery. Machine guarding is a fundamental step that can be taken to prevent accidents. Often when someone gets hurt it goes back to design, building, modification and maintenance of machinery and plant which is deficient. Machine guarding is an area of focus for the Department, because of the high number of serious harm and fatal injuries associated with the unsafe use of machinery. The Department has begun a machine guarding project across New Zealand.

Health and Safety Inspectors will focus on machine guarding standards and the effective implementation of procedures and systems to ensure the safe use of machinery in the workplace. The project will also include designers, manufacturers and suppliers where inspectors identify that unsafe machinery has been sold or supplied to New Zealand businesses. Machine Guarding a Fundamental Step to Prevent Accidents Does the machine guarding of all your machines and equipment meet all the requirements of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995, and the OSH “Guidelines for Machine Guarding Principles and General Safety for Machinery”?

TriEx safety advisors are experts at machine guard safety and can conduct an inspection and audit of your machine guarding standards against machine guarding regulations to ensure they have appropriate machine guards to safe guard all your employees limbs ensuring you meet all your social and legal requirements of the legislation. Our experienced team can analyse the different types of hazards associated with each machine and provide practical solutions to eliminate, isolate or minimise the hazard.

What’s involved with Machine Guarding Safety?

Machinery and equipment is audited for:

  • Trapping hazards
  • Impact and entanglement hazards
  • Friction and cutting hazards – abrasive wheels, cutting edges, revolving or reciprocating knives, saws, cutting tools, worms and spirals.
  • Projectile hazards » disintegration of abrasive wheels, cutting tool breakage, grip or clamp failure.
  • Other hazards » electrical components, hot metal parts, radiation and noise

If you have any doubts about the adequacy of any of your guarding, or you would like the piece of mind that an expert has reviewed your machine guarding then give TriEx a call on 0800 487 439