Machine Safety
Jul. 10, 2015 - Manufacturing AUTOMATION presents “The four steps of Dynamic Risk Assessments,” scheduled for August 13. SAVE THE DATE for this important safety webinar with Jeremy Shorthouse!
Jul. 2, 2015 - The Associated Press is reporting that a robot has killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen’s production plants in Germany. According to the AP, the 22-year-old man died Monday at the plant in Baunatal, about 100 km north of Frankfurt.
Jun. 29, 2015 - June is National Safety Month and Anver Corp. is demonstrating its commitment to help reduce accidental injuries at work by reminding those who operate vacuum lifters to always practice preventative maintenance and best safety practices.
Jun. 26, 2015 - Rockwell Automation is now accepting nominations for its third annual Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards. The award celebrates the world’s safest manufacturing companies, says Rockwell — those that make workplace safety a core business value by building a comprehensive program based on three key pillars: a strong safety culture, well-executed compliance procedures, and effective use of current safeguarding and automation technology.
Jun. 23, 2015 - Magna Exteriors & Interiors Corp., a manufacturer of various plastic automotive parts using plastic injection molding machines, has been found guilty and fined $80,000 after a worker suffered burns on the job.
Jun. 23, 2015 - A group of U.S. senators says automotive air bag maker Takata Corp. may have placed profit over safety by halting safety audits of factories. Democratic members of the Senate Commerce Committee made the allegation in a report on the Takata air bag crisis, citing internal company emails showing that the global audits were stopped for financial reasons from 2009 to 2011.
Jun. 22, 2015 - Most machinery is equipped with an emergency stop, but unlike the automatic guarding systems on those machines, the emergency stop system is rarely used. Large machines and assembly systems may have tens of emergency stop devices scattered over a large area. These devices can fail in ways that can’t be easily detected by automatic diagnostics, if present. Many older machines have no automatic diagnostic functions, making this situation even worse. When these systems fail unexpectedly, the results can be catastrophic.
Jun. 3, 2015 - Manufacturing AUTOMATION is pleased to announce it is now offering webinars! In today’s increasingly fast-paced business world, we recognize how difficult it can be to carve out a chunk of your time to attend out-of-office events. Our hope is that with our new webinar series, you will gain insights from industry experts and peers without being limited by a busy schedule and travel expenses.
May 19, 2015 - Manufacturing AUTOMATION’s sister publication, Electrical Business, is launching its Electrical Safety Champion Awards Program, which is — to the best of our knowledge — the first and only program of its kind in Canada, open to all Canadians across our nation.
Apr. 26, 2015 - Canadian National Railway says it plans to spend an extra $100 million this year to improve rail safety while it continues to analyze two significant derailments in Northern Ontario that hit its network in the past quarter.
Apr. 14, 2015 - Ontario inspectors issued 3,669 orders — which includes 112 stop work orders — for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations during a recent safety blitz that focused on machines that were not properly guarded or locked out during maintenance, repair and other activities.
Mar. 9, 2015 - Veyance Technologies Canada has pleaded guilty and has been fined $80,000 after two workers suffered hand injuries in separate incidents. The company’s plant at 45 Raynes Avenue in Bowmanville, Ont., processes and manufactures conveyor belts and employs about 130 employees.
Feb. 24, 2015 - Sun-Brite Foods, a company that processes and cans field crops, has pleaded guilty and has been fined $70,000 after a seasonal farm worker was critically injured.
Feb. 23, 2015 - Kim Davie is the manager of health and safety with Firestone Textiles, based in Woodstock, Ont. Manufacturing AUTOMATION had the chance to chat with Davie about the textile manufacturer’s approach to safety, and his role in managing the health and safety of the 200-plus employees at the manufacturing plant.
Feb. 3, 2015 - Ontario inspectors issued almost five orders on average to each workplace visited during last fall’s safety blitz targeting material handling hazards, announced the Ministry of Labour (MOL). This translates to 3,263 orders for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations, which includes 130 stop work orders.

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