From 2014 to 2015, there were 15 deaths and 782 injuries in the UK due to machine accidents. Proper machine guarding can go a long way towards preventing such accidents. Our experts can work with you to create bespoke guarding solutions that will allow your machine operators to do their job safely. We sell both hinged and plain mesh panels together with corner angles and support posts, allowing the creation of highly customisable machine guards. Hinged panels allow for easy access to the machine by the operator, and the mesh protects hands against moving machine parts. Machine guards fall broadly into two categories: steel cages and wire mesh. Steel cages work better where there is a danger of injury from ejected parts. They are more durable and offer better protection against corrosive materials. They are also easier to clean. However, wire mesh can provide a more cost-effective solution for lighter-duty environments, where frequent cleaning is not required and a lower level of protection is needed.
QB is an integrated modular partitioning system that allows you to mix and match components according to your needs. It is made of steel and toughened glass, and it provides a strong and durable method of subdividing your workplace. A single-skin partitioning system is designed to fit against existing walls in order to create additional rooms within an open-plan workplace, such as a warehouse. A single steel door is supplied as standard, but sliding or double doors are available as optional extras. Our welding screens come in both static and mobile models. The galvanised steel design helps to protect eyes against welding flash while still maintaining ease of access. PVC strip doors
provide an economical partitioning solution, and come in both internal and external varieties. They are highly customisable, as the rails can be joined together to form a continuous barrier. They allow both foot traffic and fork lifts to pass through easily. Replacement strips are available.
Whilst legal obligations concerning machine guards can vary over time, there are certain general principles that represent best practice for those operating heavy machinery:
Machine guards should be designed in such a way that they protect workers without interfering with their ability to load, unload, clean and maintain the machine.
Adequate lighting and noise reduction need to be provided for machines when in use.
Fixings for machine guards should remain in place when the guard is removed.
Talk to our specialists about creating design solutions customised for your workplace.
The health and safety regulations that apply to office partitions
are complex, and can vary according to building type. Also, different local authorities sometimes have different requirements. Our team of experts will be able to help you negotiate this potential regulatory minefield. Welco specialises in providing fully customised workplace solutions, and this includes arranging site surveys at no extra cost to you. Please note that all our partitioning panels that feature glass use a specially toughened variety that will not shatter easily, since this would constitute a health hazard.