Bandsaw Safety Program – optimising new and old saws

16 May 2022
Focus area: Safety & wellbeing
Program stream: People & culture
This project funded the installation safety indicators on two new safety saws and two existing saws at an Australian red meat processing plant. As part of the project, staff were evaluated over a period to see whether the safety level indicators deployed reminded them of the risk level associated with each saw. 

Through trials and data analysis it was determined that by using virtual signs on high-risk equipment like a bandsaw create more distraction to the operator. This lowered their concentration levels and provided a higher level of risk. By introducing ‘safe’ saws into the boning room, it lowered the safety culture around the use of bandsaws, team members started becoming more complacent. 

Further research and analysis is required on the use of safety indicators. 
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