can you put a shroud or guard around a palm type or mushroom style e-stop? nfpa 79 10.7.1 simply states it is needs to be readily accessible. who has dealt with this? thanks in advance.
NFPA-79 does not allow shrouds around E-Stops. The palm of hand must be able to actuate when struck with palm. Maybe in Europe but US is governed by NFPA 79 and adopted by OSHA. A local paper mill was cited for shrouding all their EStops. The papermills also lost a 5.6 million dollar lawsuit form a family who sued for the loss of wages and career due to having shrouds around EStops. If there is a regulation, and you ignore the regulation/law with intent there can also be criminal charges the family can bring upon the company and whoever was involved. The insurance company dropped the papermill after the suit. Forget OSHA, IF it does happen, and you ignored the regulations with intent then you and the company will be held liable. Its easier to follow the laws in the US. I am a compliance person so presentation of NFPA 79 which OSHA adopts is consideration enough to remove any shroud. There is a significant amount of manufacturing equipment made in Europe who have their own standards. The key is to involve EHS early with machine purchases so they can check electrical, labeling, guarding and other applicable US safety machine standards.can you put a shroud or guard around a palm type or mushroom style e-stop? nfpa 79 10.7.1 simply states it is needs to be readily accessible. who has dealt with this? thanks in advance.
Until the lawsuit occurs and the citations fly and the blame game begins when any incident occurs. Why are the rules intentionally ignored. They are there for a reason. You may think its cool, but if an incident occurred and someone was killed or seriously injured your insurance company, OSHA, Building and Fire Inspector and media will all be asking what happened. Who made the decision and why, Then why did you violate NFPA 79? on the subpoenas will be flying from the lawyers and the lawsuits begin. You will be included as I have been involved in 45 subpoenas over the years all relating to work related injuries and non compliance issues. Every case the employer lost due to violating legal requirements on both safety and environmental issues. Just make sure its not documented anywhere that you made the decision to violate the law.I have installed E-Stops at marinas (for the fuel system) and put an in-use cover on it (it was clear). Everyone was happy with that.