New Draw Bar Cover from Rockford Systems Prevents Injuries to Vertical Mill Operators, Helps in OSHA Compliance

Vertical mills are essential cutting tools in machine shops used to remove material from the surface of metal workpieces. However, these tools present serious danger when an operator comes into contact with their high-speed rotating draw bars, resulting in injuries and costly OSHA fines.

To bring needed safety to the shop floor, Rockford Systems, LLC., a premier provider of machine safeguarding products and services, has launched a new Milling Machine Draw Bar Cover (part #DBC001) to protect vertical mill workers from rotating shafts 7 feet or less from the floor or working platform. It guards the turning draw bar with a non-rotating, smooth, welded-steel enclosure, secured firmly to the mill with a powerful ring magnet and safety anchor chain. Simple to install, the draw bar cover prevents clothing, hair or hands from being grabbed by the moving shaft.

Draw Bar Cover (DBC001)

Draw Bar Cover (DBC001)

According to Jason Swisher, Rockford Systems Production Manager, “Our new Draw Bar Cover features high-quality construction with smoothed welding seams and finished edges, designed to protect mill workers from hazardous rotating drawbars. It was engineered with input from machine makers and operators to ensure that it gets the job done right.”

This product can be used on any vertical mill that has up to a 7″ extrusion. It complements the full line of Rockford Systems milling machine guards, shields and controls that protect thousands of workers everyday around the world.

OSHA Compliance
Installation of the Draw Bar Cover helps machine shops comply with the OSHA 1910.219(c)(4)(i) safety standard that states: “Projecting shaft ends shall present a smooth edge and end and shall not project more than one-half the diameter of the shaft unless guarded by non-rotating caps or safety sleeves.”

Lack of machine guarding or improperly installed safeguarding equipment was one of the top ten most cited OSHA violations in 2015, resulting in millions of dollars in fines levied against businesses. Injuries, as a result of improperly safeguarded machines, also lead to higher insurance costs, lawsuits, and hospital expenses. Although safety equipment and proper machine controls are required by OSHA, many manufacturers sell machinery without either, leaving the business with the responsibility of safeguarding the machine.

About Rockford Systems, LLC.

Headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, Rockford Systems, LLC delivers innovative machine safeguarding solutions for organizations working with industrial machinery. As a trusted adviser since 1971, Rockford Systems helps organizations interpret and apply complex Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) machine safety standards for a broad array of industrial applications. In addition, Rockford Systems provides complete Safety Life-Cycle Management Solutions, including on-site surveys, customized engineering integration, over 10,000 safeguarding products, expert installation services, training and technical support, and ongoing compliance validation. Rockford Systems has improved the profitability of many of North America’s largest companies by increasing compliance, reducing worker risk, enhancing productivity and decreasing costs.

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Carrie Halle
Rockford Systems, LLC.
800-922-7533
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