Installed Guards: They’re Not Just for Aesthetics

Installed Guards: They’re Not Just for Aesthetics  

Machine safety is not something to be taken lightly. Safety is a fundamental aspect of any industrial operation, especially in the rock crushing industry, which requires careful attention and diligence. While the temptation of convenience might lead some to consider removing machine guards for easier access to critical components, it’s crucial to understand the pivotal role that proper machine guarding plays in protecting both equipment and personnel. 


An example of what guards should not look like.


Keeping the Guards On 

Properly installed and well-maintained machine guards are essential for ensuring safety in your workplace. While it may be tempting to remove guards to facilitate access to components that require periodic replacement, it’s crucial to understand that machine guarding plays a pivotal role in safety. 

Each day, before you commence operations with your machinery, it’s important to conduct a thorough inspection of all the guards. This inspection should encompass all aspects of your equipment, including conveyors, crushers, feeders, screens, and engine guards. The key is to verify that the guarding is securely fastened or anchored and not in any way loose. Additionally, carefully inspect the guards with a fine-tooth comb for any signs of damage, breakage, or bending. Should you identify any issues during this inspection, it’s vital to promptly initiate repairs or replace the guards. This simple visual inspection routine takes only a short amount of time but can save you from potential accidents and injuries during machine startup. 


Save Time but at What Cost? 

While removing guards may seem like a shortcut that saves a few precious minutes and simplifies access to critical machine components, it’s essential to recognize that a single mistake in this regard can have severe consequences, potentially resulting in injuries or even fatalities. Therefore, you should prioritize the integrity of machine guarding. 

If you ever find yourself uncertain about the guards on your machinery or have questions regarding their installation or maintenance, don’t hesitate to reach out to Team Eagle. They can provide valuable information and guidance to ensure that your machine guards are in compliance with safety standards and adequately protect your personnel and equipment. Remember, when it comes to safety, it’s always better to be cautious and well-informed. 

Preparation Today Leads to a Safe Tomorrow. 

In the world of machinery and manufacturing, safety is of the utmost importance. Neglecting the importance of machine guarding can lead to disastrous consequences. Taking just a few minutes each day to inspect and maintain your guards is a small investment that pays significant dividends in safeguarding lives and preserving the integrity of your operations. Remember, when it comes to the well-being of your workforce and the longevity of your machinery, there’s no substitute for diligent care and attention to detail.