Request a Response

Machine guarding for the steel industry

Procter Machine Safety is a leading designer and manufacturer of machine guards and we have been serving the steel industry for over 80 years. From our base in South Wales, we supply guards to customers in the UK, Europe, USA, Middle East and elsewhere. Our expertise in this field is one reason why customers trust us to design, manufacture and install standards-compliant machine guards that will protect workers without adversely affecting productivity.

Previous customers include:

Alpha SteelBritish SteelCelsa SteelLibertySeverfield

Why guard machines in the steel industry?

Employers have legal and moral obligations to ensure the safety of employees, and machine guarding also helps to avoid costly downtime by preventing accidents.

  • New machines must be CE marked to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.
  • Existing machines need to be assessed periodically to ensure compliance with PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations).

Both the Machinery Directive and PUWER require suitable safeguards to be in place.

Comprehensive service

We undertake all aspects of the work:

  • machine surveys
  • risk assessments
  • stakeholder consultations
  • design • manufacture
  • mechanical and electrical installation at times to suit you – such as overnight, at weekends or during scheduled shutdowns
  • modifications to safety-related control systems to accommodate new safety devices

Types of guarding

The demands of the steel industry necessitate robust guarding. Depending on your application and requirements, we will supply one or more types of machine guard:

  • standard workshop guards
  • modular perimeter guarding with steel framing and wire mesh or sheet steel infill panels
  • fixed and movable bespoke guarding or enclosures (sheet steel or wire mesh, with optional fume extraction, swarf conveyors, etc)
  • bespoke acoustic enclosures

In addition, we offer:

Design and construction

Our experts have a total of 1600 years of experience in machine guarding, as well as a detailed working knowledge of standards and regulations. For example, guards for European steel plants meet the requirements of:

  • EN ISO 12100
  • EN ISO 14120
  • EN ISO 13857
  • other relevant machine-specific standards

Applying ergonomic principles ensures the guards do not hinder machine operation or maintenance. All fabrication is undertaken in-house using our state-of-the-art CNC punch press and press brake, welding and finishing plant, meaning that we maintain complete control over quality and delivery timescales.

Our ISO 9001 Quality Management System covers the design, manufacture and installation of machine guards.