part 1: GUARDING AND SAFE GUARDING
Guarding of moving and rotating parts is probably one of the most contentious issues in the drilling industry. Every manufacturer and most certainly every contractor has his own views on what a guard should look like and the materials from which it is constructed.
This series of articles tries to make some sense of this topic and to therefore generate some guidelines that could be used when designing a guard.
The legal requirement to ensure that people are separated from certain components is mentioned in the Mine Health and Safety Act Regulations. Have a look at the interpretation of these requirements.
Read about which components on a drilling operation should be adequately guarded.
This article explores the characteristics and criteria that an effective guard should meet.
Take a look at some examples of guards and barriers and see how they compare to the characteristics of good guards.