The manufacturing industry was responsible for almost one in five deaths and injuries to British workers during the 12 months from April 2013, according to recent statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).*
In order to reduce injuries sustained in the plastics industry when handling and turning heavy and awkward plant and injection moulding tools, Kent-based RUD has launched a manipulation device its says will ensure operator safety and reduce the chance of damage to tools.
“Anyone in the industry knows the dangers of handling and turning heavy and awkward plant and injection moulding tools,” said a company spokesperson. ‘Without the correct equipment, expensive tools can be damaged, resulting in tools having to be written off and the cost of damages to the business.”
The ‘Tool-Mover’ offers a variety of safety features, according to RUD, including the ability to turn the load at the centre of gravity, meaning that it is turned smoothly and securely. The Tool-Mover is also equipped with a frequency-controlled drive, which ensures an even and smooth drive from start to finish and can be stopped in any position securely, even if power to the unit is cut.
The Tool-Mover does not need to be bolted to the floor, making it easy to use and position, says RUD. It can also be moved to locations in a facility by a crane or fork lift/pallet truck. It is able to turn tools with a weight from 6.3 to 32 tonnes.
*Source: 'Workplace falls and dangerous machines top reasons for prosecutions' published 22.04.14 by HSE