Emergency Stop

Emergency Stop Failures

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This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series Emer­gency Stop

I am always look­ing for inter­est­ing examples of machinery safety prob­lems to share on MS101. Recently I was scrolling Reddit/r/OSHA and found these three real-world examples. Broken Emer­gency Stop But­tons The first and most obvi­ous kinds of fail­ures are those res­ult­ing from either wear out or dam­age to emer­gency stop devices like e-stop but­tons or pull […]

Complementary Protective Measures

Emergency Stop Pull-Cords

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This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series Emer­gency Stop

When it comes to emer­gency stop devices there is no doubt that the red mush­­room-head push but­ton is the most com­mon – they seem to be every­where. The second most com­mon emer­gency stop device is the pull-cord, and like the light-cur­­tain in safe­guard­ing devices, the pull-cord is prob­ably the most mis­ap­plied emer­gency stop device. Loc­al […]

Complementary Protective Measures

Can Emergency Stop be used as an “on/off” control?

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This entry is part 16 of 15 in the series Emer­gency Stop

Every couple of months I get an email ask­ing me if there is any reas­on why e-stop func­tions can’t be used as the primary power con­trol (on/off but­ton) for machinery. Fol­low­ing a recent exchange, I thought I would share the reas­ons for why this is such a bad idea. The short answer The short answer is an unequi­voc­al NO. Don’t […]