Re­veal­ing snap­shot of Aus­tralia’s forestry in­dus­try

Safety switches are de­signed for SAFETY!

Australian Forests and Timber - - In The News -

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.”

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