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    DEMOLITION FEDERATION ISSUE REVISED CRUSHER GUIDE

    NFDC publication aims to provide demolition industry specific standard

    Five years after the initial document was introduced the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) has produced a revised edition of Guidance Notes on the Safe Use of Mobile Crushers in the Demolition Sector.

    The new guide has been produced in conjunction with crushing equipment manufacturer Sandvik Mining and Construction. The revised guidance notes address a number of potential hazards associated with track-mounted mobile crushers.

    Precautions must reflect industry circumstances

    In launching the guide NFDC chief executive Howard Button said:

    “HSE is taking a very keen interest in their safe operation and to outlaw the practice of having an operative on the machine’s platform while it’s in operation to protect him from being struck by an excavator’s bucket, avoid possible whole body vibration, limit exposure to noise and dust, prevent him falling into the crushing chamber and to avoid him being hit by material ejected from the crusher’s jaws.

    We are similarly keen to avoid these potential hazards but we are also keen to ensure that any guidance reflects the nature of our business and are not simply a set of modified rules derived from a quarry guidance.”

    NFDC believe there are differences between a jaw crusher in a quarry processing virgin aggregate and a jaw crusher on a demolition or recycling site processing a variety of materials. Key among these is the presence of steel, tramp iron and other contaminants in the feed material. Howard Button added:

    “The primary reason a man is stationed atop a track mounted mobile crusher is to watch for materials that might cause a blockage such as steel reinforcing bar, or worse, a girder section. That is something quarries simply don’t have to contend with. Our guidance notes reflect the differences between these two distinct applications but are still designed to safeguard our operatives.”

    The revised mobile jaw crusher guidance notes make a number of recommendations including the preparation of material prior to crushing. Pre-sorting solutions include: pre-screening systems, hand-picking, and even pre-processing with a crusher bucket.

    Vibration risks

    Another key issue to be addressed by the new guidance notes is the the subject of whole body vibration. Button added:

    “As the demolition sector embraces ever more efficient recycling methods, the use of mobile crushers will continue to become increasingly widespread. We will, therefore, have to address the subject of vibration on these highly specialised machines as well.

    New technology such as remotely-controlled operation and CCTV cameras positioned within the crusher chamber may ultimately help make mobile jaw crushers safer. But, for the time being, it is our responsibility as an industry to help protect our operatives. And the revised guidance notes will play a key role in that task.”

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