By Justin Kamps, Regional Director, Kamps Pallets
Historically OSHA has looked at the bandsaws and does not like seeing exposed blades. There have been efforts to try different guarding but doing so inhibited the function of the machine. At Kamps, we work hard at drawing lines on the machine for the two-man dismantler operation and then training employees so they don’t cross that line, and stay safe.
Ongoing training and visual reminders to keep hands and fingers away from the blade, helps ensure employee safety. We spend a lot of time internally on the safest options and roll-out training at all of our facilities. We also use several single-man machines which are very safe if the operator is trained properly because your hands never need to come near the blade.