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MPA Dimension Stone publishes Bridge Saw Guarding guidance

Bridge saw guarding

New guidance document covering all aspects of bridge saw safety, use, maintenance and testing 

MPA Dimension Stone has published ‘Safer by Design’ information entitled ‘Bridge Saw Guarding’, in partnership with Charge and the Stone Federation.

The guidance document includes the legal background and risk assessment process covering all aspects of bridge saw machines and their use, the risk to safety from bridge saws, and information on maintenance and testing.

 

The guidance has been produced to help to reduce incidents and improve operating standards.

Kevin Stevens, the MPA’s director of health and safety, said: ‘There are around a dozen deaths and more than 40,000 injuries each year in the UK due to incidents where workers have been using machines; most of these are easily prevented.

‘In line with our principles of Safer & Healthier by Design, MPA members have been working hard to produce this guidance, which will be a benchmark for the industry.

The guidance will help members to specify the correct guarding when purchasing new machinery, and, equally importantly, ensure that retrofitted guarding on older machinery meets the required standard.’

A copy of the MPA Safer by Design ‘Bridge Saw Guarding’ guidance document is attached below.

 

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