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Request for assistance in preventing the injury of workers by robots.
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 85-103, 1984 Dec; :1-5
A NIOSH alert bulletin on the prevention of injury of workers by robots is presented. The alert was prompted by the death of a 34 year old male operator of an automated die/cast system who went into cardiorespiratory arrest after being pinned between the active back end of an industrial robot and a steel safety pole, on July 21, 1984. The worker entered the working range of the operating robot by climbing over, through, or around a safety rail that surrounded the work envelope of the robot. He apparently thought the area behind the back end of the robot was a safe area. NIOSH recommendations to minimize the risk of such incidents occurring are presented. They include incorporating gates with electrical interlocks into physical barriers surrounding robots, providing adequate clearance distances around all moving components of robots, providing thorough worker training specific to the particular robot in question, and requiring supervisors to assure that no one enters the operational area of a robot unless the robot is inactivated or put on hold.
NIOSH-Author; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Safety-equipment; Workers; Work-operations; Work-environment; Injuries; Safety-education; Safety-monitoring
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 85-103
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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