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SAFETY - VERTICAL MILLING MACHINES

V. Ryan 2003 - 2009

 

The vertical milling machine is very dangerous if used by someone who has not been trained to use it safely. Never use a machine like this unless you have received precise operating instructions by the teacher. This machine can cut through steel and so it will quickly cut through flesh and bones with great ease. Also, the teacher should be next to you when you use it for the first few times.

Safe Ed has followed the instructions given to him by the teacher.
He has set up the material to be cut in a large machine vice which is bolted to the milling machine table.
Guards have been paced around the work so that small pieces that fly off the surface do not hit the machine operator.
Safe Ed has set up the automatic feed so that the cutting tool removes the excess metal very slowly.
He watches the machine at all times, never moving away from it.
He also wears the correct protective clothing including safety goggles.
His hands are safely a way from the rotating cutter.

 

 

 

However, Ed the Handyman has decided to start the vertical miller, ignoring the training he has been given.
As the cutting tool spins round at high speed he plays with the machine vice handle and pulls down the cutting tool onto the metal.

QUESTIONS:
Ed the Handyman shows a total disregard for safety in other ways. Can you list what else he is doing that is wrong?

   
 

 

 

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