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Temporary machine guards

Our low-cost temporary perimeter guards are designed to protect workers while machines are being commissioned, maintained, modified or decommissioned.

Why is temporary guarding necessary?

An obligation to guard machines is well established by the Health & Safety at Work Act, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations.

However, many machine builders and end users do not appreciate that they are responsible for guarding machinery during assembly, testing, commissioning, maintenance, modification and decommissioning. At these times it is often necessary to remove some or all of the machine’s guarding to provide adequate access. If the machinery is to be operated, even at a reduced speed or in jog mode, it is vital to protect personnel in the vicinity of the machine who are not directly involved in the work being carried out. In some cases, such as machinery with sharp blades, significant hazards exist even when the machine is isolated from the power supply.

The solution: temporary guards

Temporary guarding is sometimes the only practical way to ensure the safety of the working environment when a machine’s guards are not in place.

Our temporary guards can be quickly and easily erected around virtually any hazard, then removed just as quickly when no longer required. The system comprises freestanding panels and gates that are compact, lightweight and portable so they can be easily handled by one person, but they are also rugged enough to provide the necessary protection and be reusable.

Features and options

  • panels have a rigid steel tubular framework with welded mesh infill
  • panels are linked using integral hooks on one end and sockets on the opposite end
  • each panel has a broad-based foot for stability
  • long straight runs of panels can be assembled
  • panels can be linked at any angle to create an enclosure
  • panels are secured to each other with heavy-duty cable ties

Standard panels are 1200 mm wide and either 1400 mm or 2000 mm high for compliance with the safety distance standard BS EN ISO 13857. The usual finish is a high-visibility yellow polyester powder coating or you can order alternative colours.

Gate modules are similar to the panels but with a hinged gate 1000 mm wide. A padlock facility ensures only authorised personnel can access the hazardous area, or more sophisticated access controls can be incorporated if necessary.

Customised temporary guards

In addition to the standard panels and gates described above, we can design and manufacture other components and accessories to your specifications. Examples include: panels of different height or width; panels with clear polycarbonate infill; brackets for attaching temporary guarding to a wall; and adapters for connecting three or more panels at one point.