A recently announced joint initiative involving Rockford Systems LLC (Rockford, IL) and The Master Lock Co. aims to accelerate adoption of safety technologies throughout the North American manufacturing sector. According to the two companies, they’re teaming up to reduce workplace accidents, improve job efficiencies, and help ensure operations are in compliance with the latest OSHA, ANSI, and NFPA 79 machine-guarding and lockout/tagout standards.
Even with strict machine and operator safety regulations in place, unguarded hazardous machinery remains a major source of fatalities, amputations and other traumatic injuries in manufacturing plants. According to OSHA, nearly 18,000 machine operators suffer non-fatal injuries each year in the United States. For its part, Rockford Systems estimates more than half the manufacturers in the U.S. don’t fully comply with critical requirements for machine safeguarding or lockout/tagout.
Terms and Scope of the Initiative
The Master Lock Co. helps facilities create safer work environments and ensure lockout compliance through comprehensive consulting services. The partnership with Rockford Systems will allow Master Lock to broaden its services to include machine-guarding assessments and physical-safeguarding solutions, thus supplying an end-to-end lockout and machine-guarding offering for customers.
In its role, Rockford Systems will provide on-site custom safety consulting services using the Machine Safety Assessment Tool (MSAT) that was jointly developed by the two companies. Performed as a stand-alone service or in conjunction with other services, the MSAT assessment helps companies identify situations that place machine operators or maintenance personnel in serious, life-threatening danger due to the absence of machine safeguarding.