Essential Aspects of Machine Safety

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When an industrial accident occurs and a worker is injured or killed, lawsuits and governmental agency investigations often follow. Attorneys and regulators will ask the question: "What did the company do to ensure that the machine was as safe as possible?" The machine builder, automation equipment manufacturers and the systems integrator may also be named in the lawsuit. In this latest installment of Control Design's Essentials series, our editors examine key regulatory and technical issues involved in ensuring safe machine operation — and how OEMs can go about making their machines as safe as possible without impacting productivity.