September 20, 2018

Preventing Risk, Protecting People: Workplace Machinery Responsibility

To eliminate human error and prevent a worker from performing an unauthorized or unsafe operation when machinery is engaged, trapped key interlock safety systems are an advanced method of Lockout/Tagout machine guarding that protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards.

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July 30, 2018

Congratulations to our Sales Engineer, Brian Sebastian, for being selected to give a presentation at the ASSP Northwest Chapter Meeting in Roseville, Minnesota! Brian will be representing KIRK and sharing our belief that everyone has the right to be safe at work and the benefits of trapped key interlock safety.

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May 24, 2018

Machinery and machine guarding is one of the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) most cited violations year after year. In 2017, it was the eighth most frequently cited safety infraction on the list[i], with OSHA recording 1,933 machine guarding violations, resulting in millions of dollars’ worth in proposed penalties[ii].

According to OSHA, approximately 18,000 workers that operate and maintain machinery suffer amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, a...

March 21, 2018

KIRK trapped key interlocks comply with ANSI Z244.1 standard for alternative methods of risk reduction. Watch below, as Pierre Balson, VP of Sales for KIRK, discusses the standard and KIRK trapped key interlock safety solutions.

November 20, 2017

KIRK trapped key interlock systems protect your employees from hazardous energy. The ANSI Z244 Committee’s revision to the 1989 OSHA standard emphasizes the control of hazardous energy and identifies trapped key interlocks as an alternative method of hazardous energy control. Over the past 25 years, technology has advanced, however the risk of hazardous energy and unexpected startups still exist. LOTO citations involving on the job injuries and equipment damage rank within the top 10 OSHA violat...

August 22, 2017

Trapped key interlocks have been used in machine guarding applications across all industries since 1932.

Changes in our waste materials are impacting the design and set up of equipment at Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs).  Equipment originally designed to sort larger waste and packaging materials are now needing modifications, or replaced with machines that are capable of sorting smaller materials. 

Equipment designed or modified to sort smaller waste material needs consistent monitoring,...

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