Driving Safe Print Production
In addition to printing its main paper, The Northern Daily Leader, Tamworth press is also responsible for publishing newspapers for the surrounding regional towns. Each week the print centre goes through 15 to 20 tonnes of newsprint.
January is one of the busier periods with additional print runs needed to meet the demands of Tamworth's country music festival. The team produces around 20,000 to 30,000 copies of the festival guide. To continue to meet these requirements while putting safety first, a risk assessment was conducted to provide insight into ways to improve safety outcomes and productivity at the press.
According to David Hedges, plant manager at Tamworth Press, “As a company, we are very focused on safety. We want our workers to go home in the same condition they arrived to work that day so safety is paramount in everything we do here. We looked at ways to improve procedures and what we could do to improve the safety aspect of the work.”
As part of a national move towards increased plant safety, regulations have been introduced which specify various employers' duties for plants under their management and control. These regulations require the employer to undertake the risk assessment process for either new or relocated plants.
The machine guarding and risk audit identified the required safety category for the guarding. “Fairfax have rigid safety standards and take safety very seriously so this safety solution went the extra mile to exceed current requirements,” said Matt Sharkady, general manager at Goss International.
“Having worked with Rockwell Automation previously, we knew that their control and drive solution would meet these safety requirements. In addition, the fact that they had an experienced, local team that could do all the engineering was another reason that made Rockwell Automation stand out as the most appropriate choice for this project.
It meant that we were working in a real time interface and their engineering team could visit the site to commission and make sure everything was working well as opposed to working with an overseas group where the time zones would be out of sync,” he explained.