Be Safe. Get Chipsafe.
Here is what people have been saying:
“This device will stop the infeed if you put your hand or foot in the infeed chute past the safety plane. It is easily restarted if you do trip it, virtually not losing any productivity, and most importantly, keeping the operator safe“
— Jeff Buchanan Tree Service
“The safety device is a good tool to keep guys from getting too close to the feed wheel. Plates are a very good idea.”
— J. Johnson
— Kappen Tree Service
In an industry that has intrinsic risks, arborists and tree care workers must be conscientious in following safe operating practices when using heavy industrial wood chippers. Such practices include never operating a chipper alone and always wearing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). In addition to the typical PPE items like head, eye, and ear protection, Morbark now offers the patented ChipSafe® Operator Safety Shield.
Here’s how it works:
The ChipSafe Operator Safety Shield device is mounted directly to the sides of the infeed chute of a Morbark brush chipper. When preparing to use a brush chipper equipped with the ChipSafe device, operators must wear ChipSafe straps on their wrists AND ChipSafe straps on their ankles or ChipSafe bootlace straps on their boots. If, while feeding the wood chipper, the operator’s hands or feet enter the defined ChipSafe sensing zone, sensors in the plates send a signal to interrupt the chipper’s feeding mechanism, protecting the operator from possible injury.
A reset sensor box is located on the outer sides of the infeed chute. By simply swiping the strap on their wrist across the reset sensor box, the operator is able to reactivate the feed mechanism and continue the chipping operation with little or no disruption in productivity.
For complete ChipSafe operating instructions, refer to the operator’s manual. In addition, we highly recommend that all members of your chipping crew complete the Tree Care Industry Association’s Chipper Operator Specialist credentialing program.
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