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Peterson Sawmills Pass European Safety Review
Date Posted: 7/1/2008
Peterson Portable Sawmills three main models – the All Terrain Sawmill, Winch Production Frame and Automated Swingblade Mill, as well as their latest release, Skillmill – have undergone an extensive safety assessment process. The Peterson portable sawmills meet or in many cases exceed the rigorous safety regulations of the European CE certification system, according to the company.
The European CE certification system indicates compliance with mandatory safety requirements of the European Directives. To be awarded the CE mark, qualified engineers assess the construction and mechanics of the mills as well as the operation and potential risks to the operator. To underscore how safe Peterson mills already were, the company achieved CE certification without having to change the design or the way the mills work.
Peterson mill safety precautions include an easily accessible emergency stop button that activates a clutch mechanism. This enables the operator to shut down the mill immediately if needed – if he sees a nail in a log, for example. Three additional safety guards are included, and a push-pull handle makes it easy for the operator to move the blade through the log.
Peterson has developed comprehensive manuals and visual training aids that are provided to a new owner before he receives a sawmill. This allows the new owner time to familiarize himself with and learn the safety procedures in advance.
Due to this focus on safety, Peterson Portable Sawmills has never had a serious accident involving one of its mills when the correct operating procedures have been followed, according to the company.
Peterson also has a good safety record in its New Zealand manufacturing operations, according to the company. The company designed all workstations to reduce fatigue or straining, and the staff enjoys ongoing training, regular breaks, purified water and a comprehensive healthcare plan. Peterson has never had a major accident, hazardous spill or electrical fire in its plant.
For over 17 years, Peterson Portable Sawmills has continually kept safety as the number one priority in the factory and in the field.
For more information, call Aaron Kalan at Peterson Portable Sawmills toll-free at (877) 327-1471 or visit www.petersonsawmills.com.
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