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What to Do if You are Issued an OSHA Citation

The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency responsible for overseeing workplace safety. On the federal level, OSHA conducted 24,333 inspections in 2021. Of these 24,333 inspections, 10,584 (about 43 percent) were programmed inspections that focused OSHA’s enforcement resources towards industries and operations where known hazards exist. If a violation is discovered […]

Do Your Machines Have Anti-Restart Protection? Here’s How to Find Out

ROCKFORD, IL, JULY 19, 2022 — In order to meet certain regulations, and as a best safety practice, machinery must be prevented from automatically or unintentionally restarting when an unscheduled power interruption occurs. The safety regulations that reference preventing accidental operation can be found in OSHA 1910.217 (b)(8)(ii) and ANSI B11.1-2009 (6)(2)(3). OSHA 1910 Subpart […]

Rockford Systems Sensing-Saf-Start Protects Machine Operators from Accidental Re-starts following Power Interruptions

ROCKFORD, IL, JUNE 9, 2022 — Drills, mills, lathes, grinders, saws and other dangerous machinery can abruptly shut down during operation due to an unscheduled power interruption. When an unintended shutdown takes place, it is critically important that the machine does not automatically restart, catching the operator by surprise and leading to a serious accident. […]

What The Wave of Retiring Machinists Means to Plant Safety

ROCKFORD, IL, MAY 17, 2022 – Within the next decade approximately 2.7 million “Baby Boomers” (b. 1946-1964) will retire, thereby ensuring that tens of thousands of skilled, well-paid positions will become available without a ready supply of American workers to fill them. Statistics paint an especially gloomy picture for the manufacturing sector, a widening of […]

Safeguarding Devices Keep Machine Operators Out of a Pinch

Pinching your finger in a door can be painful but certainly not life-threatening. But what happens when it’s not just your finger? Pinching your finger in a door can be painful but certainly not life-threatening. Pinch point injuries involving industrial machinery are another story, one that rarely has a happy ending. A pinch point is […]

Machine Safeguarding Technology Keep Operators Out of a Pinch

ROCKFORD, IL, APRIL 25, 2022 —  Pinching your finger in a door can be painful but certainly not life threatening. Pinch point injuries involving industrial machinery are another story, one that rarely has a happy ending. A pinch point is created when two objects come together and there is a possibility that a person could be […]

Do’s and Don’ts of Safely Using Bench Grinders

Statistics indicate half of grinder accidents result from operator error ROCKFORD, IL, APRIL 22, 2022 —  Because grinders are commonly used machines in workplaces nationwide, many workers become complacent about their hazards. However, grinders are very dangerous when used improperly. In fact, statistics show that more than half of grinder injuries are the result of operator error. Rockford Systems, LLC, […]

How Rockford Systems Light Curtains Can Brighten Employee Safety in Your Plant

ROCKFORD, IL, APRIL 25, 2022 — At first glance, a simple beam of infrared light would seem ineffective protection against fast-moving, dangerous industrial machinery. After all, isn’t that what heavy-duty steel guards are for? Yet, these beams of infrared light, when utilized as a component of “safety light curtains,” have prevented thousands of employee injuries […]

Light Curtains Brighten Employee Safety in Industrial Plants

At first glance, a simple beam of infrared light would seem ineffective protection against fast-moving, dangerous industrial machinery. After all, isn’t that what heavy-duty steel guards are for? Yet, these beams of infrared light, when utilized as a component of “safety light curtains,” have prevented thousands of employee injuries and saved countless lives. Unlike other […]

Protector™ Series Light Curtains with Expanded Features

Reliable detection, advanced safety functions, combined with simplified selection, installation and maintenance ROCKFORD, IL, JANUARY 25, 2022 — Rockford Systems, LLC today introduced its new Protector Series Light Curtains for safeguarding personnel near industrial machinery with the potential to cause injury. Protector Series Light Curtains feature bi-color alignment indicators, simplified resolution settings, automatic diagnostics, remote fixed blanking, and […]