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MAPP Plastics Discussion Forum

The MAPP Plastic Industry Discussion Forum allows members to rapidly communicate with each other. Post both questions and answers to questions that other MAPP members have about any industry topic from material and process issues to R&E Tax Credits and other business issues.

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Posted:  26 Oct 2013 20:11
We had an employee lose a fingertip while cleaning a granulator.  Does anyone have a list of safety guidelines for cleaning out grinders, removing blackages, etc?
Posted:  29 Oct 2013 13:52
We've made it mandatory to lock out/tag out grinders for cleaning - no questions asked.  We've identified several operators that are trained as "authorized" LOTO employees (not ALL operators are trained as "authorized").
Posted:  29 Oct 2013 15:33
Here's what we've come up with....
•Unplugged at all times when  blades are exposed. •Power Off (not unplugged) when Bin is removed during normal running operation. •NEVER use hands to rotate blades.  (Use recommended tools.)  •When rotating blades, all hands should be clear of cutting blades and cutting chamber.   •Wear safety gloves.   •Wear safety glasses.

I WELCOME ANY CRITIQUE AND INPUT.  (Our injury happened with the power off and the technician rotating the blade by hand.)
Posted:  29 Oct 2013 17:51
Ironwood also has gone to lock out, no questions asked.
Posted:  29 Oct 2013 20:51
Use cut resistant gloves. Use 2"x4" or other "block" to prevent rotor from spinning.
Posted:  11 Sep 2017 22:09
PMT had an incident earlier this year involving a temporary worker who was instructed in cleaning and servicing the equipment. Cut a fingertip while servicing. OSHA reviewed and advised that every piece of equipment must have a unique LOTO not just general guidelines. Are other members handling it that way as well?

Charles A Sholtis
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