Framing machine: hazard identification

Risk management strategy for framing machines which identifies hazards that can expose a worker to the risk of injury, and records the measures used to remove or reduce the level of risk.

The following table is a risk management strategy for a framing machine.

Risk management identifies hazards that can expose a worker to the risk of injury, and records the measures used to remove or reduce the level of risk.

Risk management strategy

Hazard identification

Risk factors

Risk control measures

1

Crushing in nip point between clamp and timber

  • Attempting to hold top/bottom plate and stud piece while applying clamp
  • Controls for clamping and firing are located in the middle of the machine so that a person cannot operate and reach clamps at the same time
  • Lock out/tag out (LOTO) protocol implemented and maintained

2

Puncture of nail into hand/fingers

  • Attempting to hold top/bottom plate and stud piece while firing nail gun
  • Controls for firing nails are located in the middle of the machine so that a person cannot operate and reach nail guns at the same time
  • Use sensors to ensure that nail guns can only fire when timber is in position
  • Lock out/tag out (LOTO) protocol implemented and maintained

3

Manual handling when loading or unloading the framing machine

  • Variation in material size, shape and weight
  • Store top/bottom plates, studs and noggins at appropriate height to avoid the need for bending or twisting
  • Ensure out-feed conveyor moves freely and that completed frame can be pushed out with minimal force

4

Slips, trips and falls

  • Product off-cuts obstruct work area
  • Slippery and uneven floor surface
  • Maintain a clear work space in and around the machine
  • Provide non-slip floor surfaces that give a firm foothold

5

Noise from machinery operation and production processes

  • Firing action of nail gun
  • Various machines in the area operating simultaneously
  • Hearing protectors used by all people accessing the workshop
  • Warning signs erected in the workshop

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