Machine guarding for construction product manufacturing machinery
Manufacturers of construction products deliver a diverse range of standard and bespoke goods that, between them, employ almost every conceivable production process. Procter Machine Safety, as the UK’s leading specialist, works with all types of machine guard and is therefore well placed to serve this market. Our attention to detail, high quality and rapid on-site installation mean OEMs and end users trust us to provide standards-compliant machine guards that do not hinder production.
In addition to the above, we have provided extensive guarding for the other businesses in the Procter Brothers group that manufacture cast stone, concrete products, architectural metalwork, fencing, gates and street furniture.
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Why should manufacturers of construction products use machine guarding?
Manufacturers in this sector may produce one-offs, small batches or high volumes of identical products, yet they all have one thing in common: as employers, they are legally and morally obliged to ensure the safety of workers. If an accident occurs, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will undertake an investigation and, depending on the findings, initiate a prosecution. There will be costs, particularly if the prosecution results in a guilty verdict. Even if the HSE goes no further than issuing a Notification of Contravention (NoC) or an Improvement Notice, the employer may have to pay the HSE a Fee for Intervention (FFI). With any accident, there could also be costs due to equipment damage, downtime, lost production, extra overtime, absence of key workers due to injury or ill health, additional training, loss of reputation, management time and resources for the investigation and prosecution, and higher premiums for employers’ liability insurance.
Employers must always conduct a PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations) inspection before new machinery is first used and periodically thereafter. Employers are also obliged to comply with The Health and Safety at Work Act, and The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations. All of these have implications with respect to machine guarding.
Machine builders and suppliers must comply with the UK’s Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations – or, for machines sold in the European Union, the equivalent Machinery Directive.
Procter’s machine guards are designed, manufactured and installed in compliance with all relevant standards, regulations and HSE guidelines. They are used extensively in production, packaging and warehousing environments.
Working at height
On larger machinery it may not be possible to perform all production and maintenance tasks from floor level. If access is required regularly, temporary scaffolding can become expensive, while ladders and stepladders are less safe. A far better alternative is to install a permanent means of access. Where working at height is required, we can conduct a risk assessment, undertake a site survey, and design, manufacture and install bespoke access platforms, walkways, guard rails, stairways and ladders.
We provide a turnkey service, so customers benefit by minimising the number of suppliers and reducing project risk. Furthermore, by managing all aspects of the project we retain complete control over quality and delivery. Our comprehensive service covers:
- machine surveys
- site surveys
- risk assessments
- PUWER inspections
- stakeholder consultations
- mechanical installation and electrical integration at times to suit you – such as overnight, at weekends or during scheduled shutdowns
- design of safety-related control systems or modifications to incorporate additional safety devices
Types of guarding
A wide range of machinery is used for manufacturing construction products, so the types of guarding installed are similarly diverse. Nevertheless, they all need to be sufficiently robust to withstand harsh operating environments and, in many cases, highly abrasive materials. Depending on the products being manufactured and the customer’s requirements, we will supply one or more types of machine guarding:
- modular perimeter guarding with steel framing and infills of wire mesh, steel sheet or clear polycarbonate
- bespoke guarding or enclosures comprising fixed and/or movable sections, with the option to incorporate dust/fume extraction, noise attenuation, etc
- conveyor guards
- bespoke acoustic enclosures
In addition, we offer:
- preinstalled interlocks, optionally sealed to IP68 if required for wet processes
- light guards and other safety devices, also sealed to IP68 if required
- bespoke access platforms, walkways, stairs and fixed ladders
Design and construction
Our machinery safety experts have decades of experience in guarding, as well as a detailed working knowledge of standards, regulations and guidelines. Our guards are therefore fully standards-compliant yet they are practical for use in ‘real world’ production environments. As an example of the standards we work to, our machine guards meet the requirements of the following machinery safety standards as a bare minimum (or the European or International equivalents for overseas customers):
- BS EN ISO 12100
- BS EN ISO 14120
- BS EN ISO 13855
- BS EN ISO 13857
If necessary, we can additionally comply with in-house specifications or standards provided by the customer or end user.
Our designers always apply ergonomic principles to ensure guards allow for good process viewing and are quick to remove for machine setting, cleaning, clearing blockages, routine maintenance and troubleshooting.
Thanks to our extensive in-house capabilities, we have full control over the design, manufacture and finishing processes. Only some specialist treatments that are outsourced, such as electropolishing of stainless steel. Depending on the type of machinery and guarding, we trial-assemble the guarding prior to delivery to ensure everything fits first time when installed on the machinery.
Our ISO 9001 Quality Management System covers the design, manufacture and installation of machine guards.
OEMs and end users find our installation services provide the following benefits:
- experienced fitters achieve a high-quality finish
- large team of fitters for rapid installation
- safety devices connected in compliance with standards
- installation at times to suit production schedules and planned maintenance shutdowns
- OEMs can remain focused on the aspects of the machine that add greatest value
If you are an OEM or end user involved in the manufacture of construction products, download our literature or contact us to discuss your requirements for machine guards, access platforms, walkways, stairs or fixed ladders.