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Safety switches are designed for SAFETY!
The Australian Forest Contractors Association has issued a warning to all contractors about de-activating safety switches on machines.
AFCA said it had recently been discovered that tampering had occurred with harvesting machine safety switches.
“Harvesting machines have a safety switch which, when the door of the machine is opened, de-energises the hydraulic system. This prevents any parts of the hydraulic system from being accidentally activated during maintenance operations. This is particularly important with respect to the harvesting head where there have been fatalities in past when they have been accidently activated,” an official AFCA statement said.
“In this recent instance it was discovered a machine had this switch deactivated using a cable tie. Upon other machine inspections in the area it was also revealed they also had cable ties near the safety switch (although not physically deactivating it).
“It is concerning that this practice is still occurring, despite past serious and fatal incidents. “We encourage everyone to ensure this practice isn’t still occurring in their operations.”