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Horizontal Bandsaw

Posted By John Whitt, Monday, August 14, 2017
I am looking for some input and/or suggestions as to what others in the industry are currently doing to ensure the safety of those employees that are operating the horizontal bandsaws for tear down and/or disassembly of old pallets. During the NWPCA safety conference it was mentioned that a "push stick" be utilized to prevent extremities from coming within 12" of the saw blade. In theory, this seems to be a great idea, but in practice is an ergonomic and time consuming nightmare. The way the pallet has to be positioned to be able to cut the nails, seems to not really allow for the "push stick" method to be utilized. If anyone has any ideas or has developed a type of "push stick" that has been put into practice and shown successful I would greatly appreciate your input.

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Visual Reminders, Ongoing Training

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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.

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Extensive Training, Some Equipment Modifications

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 30, 2015

By Lindsey Shean, Valley Pallet

For Valley Pallet, the teardown process is a vital function of our operations. With the demand put on the use of recycled material, the safety and efficiency of teardown is at the center of our daily focus. In regards to any practices, training, modifications of our bandsaw dismantlers, we have not had any third party or outside source require or encourage anything different than what we’re currently doing.

Our team operates the teardown process and equipment based on OSHA standards and industry best practices. Our training on this equipment is extensive, making sure any new operator is properly versed on all aspects of the machine. We have made guard modifications to other types of saws, but we have not had to do anything special with the bandsaws. We are always looking for more efficient, safer alternatives to the bandsaw but as of now, we are confident with what we have.

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