Improving staff protection without compromising productivity required a number of expertly scoped and carefully coordinated measures.
Many semi-automatic and fully auto wrappers in New Zealand don’t have any safety fencing or light curtains. It’s not a requirement by law and is seen as a ‘nice to have’ rather than a ‘responsible duty’.
Forward-thinking companies are putting systems in place now however, recognising the value of their employees and the wider costs of workplace accidents. Foodstuffs is one such company – and they wanted to retrofit a safety system to their existing set-up.
Universal Packaging’s Technical Consultant Jason Lightfoot was brought in to assess, recommend and design a system that could, in his words, “make sure everyone was leaving at the end of the day in the same condition as when they arrived.”
“Revolving on these platforms you’ve got up to 500 kilos of material,” says Jason. “So there are potential trapping points and moving parts that can do damage if not used correctly.”