Stay Safe: The Industrial Wood Shredders Safety Guideline

Stay Safe: The Industrial Wood Shredders Safety Guideline

Industrial wood shredders are an excellent way of managing all the wood waste generated by wood processing plants of all types. They also offer you a means of creating valuable chips that can be used in briquette production, heating industries and the production of plywood sheets. However, wood shredders are also known to cause fatal injuries to operators. In order to ensure that you and your employees are safe, it is critical that everyone is aware of safety measures that should be taken to avert injuries.

Keep yourself and your employees safe by ensuring the following guidelines are followed to the letter.

Before Starting Industrial Wood Shredders

  • Ensure that you are familiar with your wood shredding equipment. Study all the controls and understand how they operate. Understanding the controls offers you a higher chance of quickly locating them when the shredder is running
  • Gather all the necessary wood shredder safety equipment before you begin
  • Never start the machine in sandals or bare feet

When Feeding the Shredder

  • Ensure that feet and hands are outside the feeding hopper at all times
  • Any jams in the machine should never be cleared while it is in operation or slowing down
  • You should never reach into the feeding area
  • While in operation, stand to the side of the hopper and never directly in front of it
  • While feeding small pieces, always use a longer piece of wood as a push stick not a shovel or other tools with handles
  • The hopper bed should be long enough to ensure that the operator’s hands are away from the blades
  • Rotating parts should be covered using a machine guard

When Opening the Shredder Hood

  • Ensure that the machine has come to a complete halt before opening the shredder hood
  • The hood guard should be securely latched before starting your wood shredder again
  • Regularly inspect the shredder hood for cracked hinges or missing pins before you start it
  • Start your shredder at lower speeds; listen for sounds that indicate possibly broken or loose parts

Your Clothing

  • Never wear loose clothing; shirt sleeves should be buttoned and shirts tucked
  • Avoid wearing gloves with cuffs
  • Put on slip-resistant work shoes and a hard hat
  • Safety glasses should have side shields
  • While operating the shredder wear hearing protection

Operator Training

  • Shredder operators should be trained on how to operate the machine safely
  • Before starting your new machine, ensure that you review the manufacturer’s owner manual
  • All operators should be trained on how to properly start up and shut down wood shredders
  • To enhance safety, workers should never work alone but preferably in pairs
  • Shredder operator should be older than 18 years

Through following the safety guidelines above, you will not only ensure the safety of your employees, but will also increase your shredder’s operational lifetime. At Zerma, you will find the best industrial wood shredders that will help you reduce wood pallets, carpentry waste, construction and renovation wood waste, and large panels into valuable chips. Zerma ZWS series wood shredders are designed to offer you reliability and strength with every operation.