The National : JULY - AUGUST 2016
ANTHONY KINGSLEY HOW SAFE ARE OUR LAUNDRIES You might ask, how safe is our industry? In my experi- ence, equipment is getting bigger and faster. • trucks • overhead sorting bags • overhead railings • tunnels • hydraulic press • belts • ironers • finishing equipment • dryers • shuttles are moving faster Areas of concern Do you know if your STOP buttons work? Do your staff know how and when to use them? Where is your OHS Policy? And where are your Training Records? Are they up to date for every employee? Can you prove your ELS workers understand Safety? Does your equipment have guarding, and do you use it 100% of the time? “These are very basic questions, and if you can’t answer them correctly you would be in very big trouble in the event of an accident. You must be able to prove an employee has been trained in matters of safety and inducted correctly.” Anthony spoke on five fatalities in our industry and played one short piece of video which had people in the room clutching their chests. • On June 23rd there was a devastating tragedy at the Pellerin Milnor Kenner fac- tory in USA. “That was just three weeks ago.” • In 2003, in London at the Sunlight Linen plant, a man died inside a tunnel washer when he was overcome by the 75̊F heat. Others almost died trying to rescue him. No one knew of the Safety Hatch that could have been opened to release the hot air and provide an escape. No 34 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JULY AUGUST 2016 Anthony Kingsley, Filterfab.
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