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As the number of fatal accidents increase on mine sites in 2014, miners need to ensure the safety of their operations and machines.

According to SICK one way to ensure this is implementing safety right from the start, and testing to ensure it complies with your standards.

“Unfortunately, even today the protection of personnel is all too often regarded as a necessary evil and only integrated into the finished machine retrospectively,” the global test, measurement, and sensor company explained.

However “the later the protective measures are implemented, the greater the amount of time and money involved”.

“Moreover people tend to underestimate the extent to which optimum integration of technical protective measures is responsible for determining machine/system productivity and user friendliness. This is why safety-related assessments and testing that focus both on how the machine is used and on identifying and evaluating hazards must come into play at an early point of the design process,” SICK said.

With this in mind SICK has designed, through its consulting and engineering services, a ‘verified safety’ seal of quality to “provide an assurance that the services concerned have been performed and verified by certified staff in line with defined processes”.

“All documentation, which is stored in a database can be traced and easily retrieved at any time. SICK safety services reduce throughput times, minimise liability risks, and increase competitive capacity – thereby ensuring that the machinery directive (and other relevant directives and standards) can be implemented cost effectively and efficiently.”

SICK has also developed a system designed to aid structured handling of the CE process.

Called ‘Safexpert’, provides a “structured approach for dealing with the entire process,” SICK said.

“Designers and managers alike will appreciate the systematic processes of this TUV-certified software as they guide users through all the phases of CE marking – risk assessment to the management of standards and documents. During each individual project it is always the latest version of the standard that is taken into account. As a result repeat projects will still conform as they are automatically checked to identify any changes that may have been introduced.”

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