Portable crushing and screening plants are engineered with the safety of its operators and others in mind. Just as well, potential safety hazards like pinch points and finger injuries can be prevented on the job site by properly training team members and following important safety procedures.
In order to prevent portable plant operators and other team members from injuring themselves around pinch points, protective guarding is installed when a crushing or screening plant is manufactured.
Over time, a portable plant’s guarding will steadily wear from contact with abrasive materials or exposure to the elements. It is important that worn guarding is repaired or replaced to continue safeguarding team members from injury.
When guarding is removed for repairs or replacement, it is necessary that the guarding be reinstalled after maintenance is completed. Often, most pinch point injuries are a result of guarding not being reattached.
Furthermore, portable plant guarding should not be modified or reconfigured from its original design, as it is engineered and installed according to specific safety standards that best protect team members. However, some safety agencies, like OSHA or MSHA may require the installation of additional guarding due to site- or operation-specific issues that the equipment may be operating in.
It is critical to note that team members should not perform any maintenance, lubrication, or repair to any component while it is in operation. If maintenance is required around pinch points or other areas, it is necessary to follow proper lockout-tagout procedures.
Portable plant operators and other team members should be advised and trained as to the location of pinch points on crushing and screening equipment in order to navigate the job site safely. Warning labels are affixed to portable plants where team members should be mindful of pinch points and other safety hazards.
For more information about preventing pinch points and finger hazards while crushing, please review recommendations from agencies like OSHA, MSHA, or relevant state or local health and safety administrations, or contact Eagle Crusher to speak with a Team Eagle representative.
This article does not serve as an official safety recommendation by Eagle Crusher and should not be viewed as such. All relevant staff should consult their owner’s manual before operating Eagle Crusher equipment, or any other manufacturer’s equipment, and comply with the safety guidelines therein.
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