A Safety Culture in Schools
The Durham District School Board (DDSB) realized the need to safeguard the equipment in their schools. Ferndale Safety was chosen to safeguard all the machines in over 20 high schools and adult education centers for the school board. Types of machinery included: lathes, milling machines, drill presses, band saws, bench grinders, and woodworking machines. None of the machinery was safeguarded and the school board decided it was time to act before an accident happened. Ferndale Safety provided a turn-key solution for the schools from providing the safety guarding products to installation and electrical upgrades.
The project has been featured in the HSO Network Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 4.
“Ferndale Machinery (Safety) had a booth at the trade show and I was exposed to their REPAR2 guarding—technology that didn’t exist in the North American marketplace 10 years ago. The guarding electrically interlocks with the machine, which means if the guard isn’t in place over the blade, the machine doesn’t work. It’s that simple. When we looked into guarding, we found that Europe is years ahead of North America.” – Gary Gibson, DDSB Safety Officer
|Machine Type||Safety Products Installed|
|Drill presses||Model TR: Interlocked and adjustable drill safety shields|
|Pedestal grinders||Model MO/2VTLCM : Interlocked, laminated safety glass shields|
|Band saws||Model TR1 and TR6: interlocked band saw shields|
The majority of machinery in the schools had no anti-restart protection and did not have any E-Stop buttons. Ferndale Safety included electrical upgrades on all machines that did not have anti-restart protection.
Many machines were powered with 600 volt, 3-phase power. Many of these machines had 600 volt control voltages. This meant that 600 volts was running through and behind start buttons and control levers. Ferndale Safety installed a new control system on these machines with a transformer to step down the voltage to a much safer level.