Ensure proper equipment guarding
Guarding citations are among the most commonly issued paper at many aggregates operations.
To improve operator safety and avoid penalties, review the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) guidance on guarding. It recommends three types of strategies for guarding. They include:
Guarding at the point of contact.
Guarding by locating moving machine parts out of normal reach.
Enclosing multiple moving parts in a single guard or preventing access to moving parts in a specific area.
But every bit as important as what to guard is how to guard.
To better understand regulator expectations, check out Aggregates Manager’s Operations Illustrated segment on guarding, featuring comments from MSHA’s Joe Main and Neal Merrifield, or see MSHA’s Power Point presentation depicting acceptable and unacceptable examples of guards (click on the text that says GuardingMachineryMNMMines to download the presentation).
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