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Machine Guarding: Definition and Types


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is in charge of ensuring companies follow regulations regarding worker and workplace safety. One way Avon Lake Sheet Metal ensures the protection of all workers is through carefully adhering to the regulations concerning machine guarding. In Cleveland and surrounding areas, our shop, and workers both-on-and-off site work with operators, clients, contractors, and others to make certain everyone adheres to the legislation.

What is Machine Guarding?

It is one method used to protect individuals from dangerous hazardous machinery components. This includes all parts that by their nature or through their function, design, or process may result in causing harm. The intention is to reduce risks for accidents.

Types of Guarding

While the purpose of machine guarding is identical, the types differ. The requirements for your plant may differ substantially from those of a furniture factory in Cleveland or a fabrication plant in Tallahassee. Plant owners can choose from a variety of options including:

  • Fixed guards: integrated permanently into the device
  • Interlocked guards: They will pause or disable machine operations when certain actions occur
  • Manually adjustable guards: As the name indicates, these are adjustable when required to work with the machine
  • Self-adjusting guards: These adjust automatically to provide protection to specific moving machinery types

Machine Guarding

No matter where you work, or how innocuous your workplace may appear, the metal fabricators at Avon Lake Sheet Metal, our employees understand the hazards present. In fabrication shops, in assembly facilities, and both small and large metal manufacturers, employees work with dangerous equipment every day. Dangerous machines can cause serious injury, and even death, in Cleveland and all across the nation. To prevent this, machine guarding is essential. Employ this and all other means to ensure all your employees can go home at the end of the day.

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Who is Avon Lake Sheet Metal?

We provide high-quality services in CNC laser cutting, CNC forming, certified welding, custom machine guarding, and other value-added options. 3D Modeling allows us to seamlessly integrate sheet metal and structural components into complex finished assemblies.