Recently, I was at a customer site and saw a ‘tabletop’ machine from a machinery supplier who is no longer in business. The excellent thing about this machine is that the customer added full guarding around the machine. This was pretty simplistic and inexpensive, but it served the purpose very well and I made a point of thanking them for the effort.
So, if you have a machine which has much older and inadequate guarding, remember that safety is not grandfathered in. Even though the machine was built when lower standards were in place, there is no reason to allow the machine to continue being unsafe. Always keep this in mind when you purchase a machine used machinery, or from a country which has a significantly lower safety standard.
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