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Guards on mixers are important interlocks.
Photo: ITW Food Equipment Group
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"Furthermore, the oven rotates so you don't have to worry about rotating pans," Blair says. "When you're rotating pans, you're exposed to
heat elements and are at a greater risk for burn injuries."
When it comes to mixers, bowl guards serve as an interlock, preventing the machine from turning on if the guard is not in place.
"Mixers are a big one that can be more dangerous than some think,"
Blair says. "If the safety function is not in place, that means hands or
other body parts might be where they shouldn't be."
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"From a purely business standpoint, any potential
safety incident brings with it a lot of cost liability and
potential disruption for business operations."
TODD BLAIR, ITW FOOD EQUIPMENT GROUP
Other relatively simple designs like blades that can be removed and
placed into the dishwasher while never being exposed to the worker
and slicers that can run automatically can be key in running a facility
with fewer injuries.
"There are certainly plenty of things going on in a kitchen environment - whether it's directly related to the equipment, indirectly, or
not at all - that can create unsafe risks," Blair says. "Every piece of
equipment is a little different. That's part of the reason that sometimes we're a little more expensive.
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