ANTI-CLIMBING SAFETY GUARDS

ANTI-CLIMBING SAFETY GUARDS

The realization of anti-climbing safety guards: prescriptions of the norm UNI EN 953 and future indications of the norm UNI EN ISO 14120.
 
SCOPE AND FIELD OF APPLICATION
 
As part of the Machinery Directive 42/2006, the norm UNI EN 953 has been harmonized on the 8th September 2009 and will be in force until the ultimate issue of the ISO 14120, which is now under revision before publication.
 
The norm points out the general requirements for the design and realization of safety guards. The main objective is the protection of people from possible mechanical hazards and calls the attention of designers to the employment of guards to reduce the exposure to non-mechanical hazards.
Such requirements are applicable when concerning fixed and moving safety guards but not applicable to parts engaging interlocking devices which are dealt with in the UNI EN ISO 14119 and subject of our conferences in collaboration with Quadra and Tritecnica. 
 
To the item “ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS CONCERNING THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF SAFETY GUARDS”, ISO 14120 reads:
 
5.18 Climbing
 
Climbing on guards shall, as far as predictable, be inhibited by design. Consideration shall be given to this possibility in their construction and the selection of materials and shapes. For example, by eliminating horizontal structural members and the horizontal component mesh fabric from the outside surface of the guard, climbing is made more difficult.
 
As a matter of fact, there is continuity between current norm and the forthcoming in the acceptance criteria of the product and for this reason Access safety guards - in particular Penta and Quadra panels - can be CE certified and Integra internal segregation fences, and every other fences like these, can’t.



Our Integra perimetral guard fencing                                     Our Penta anti-climbing and CE marked safety guard 
 
 
Such possibility is often neglected in spite of the undeniable risk connected to guards too easily climbable. An example of this is the operator using mesh as a support to reach operating machinery with upper limbs, in the attempt to untangle a piece or to remove a tool in presence of a moving cart.

 
 
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