OUR COMMITMENT TO OPERATOR SAFETY
As the industry leader in the design and manufacturing of firewood processing equipment, Whitlands Engineering is at the forefront of safety innovation. In April 2009, NSW Workcover introduced new legislation regarding wood splitter design and operation, effectively increasing the liability of manufactures and hirers in the case of operator injury.
Whitlands Engineering took part in the process, and in response to the new regulations introduced the double handed controls in the Superaxe range. These modifications involve innovative new hand control mechanisms which keep hands away from the cycling blade. This system has revolutionised the safety benchmark of wood splitters and has achieved full compliance to Workcover regulations. Whitlands Engineering are confident that the Superaxe wood splitters are not only the most productive, ergonomic and robust machines on the market – but they are now the safest.
INTRODUCTION TO WORK COVER GUIDELINES
For the first time in Australia, a set of legislative guidelines were drawn up in regard to the design and use of wood splitters. Work Cover NSW funded the research and development of this document in an effort to reduce wood splitter related injuries and provide incentive to manufacturers to make their machines safer.
The document outlines the risks associated with using hydraulic wood splitters, and provides recommendations for manufacturers to build safer machinery. These guidelines however are voluntary and so it is up to the manufacturer to choose to adhere to them or not.
Download the Industry Safety Standard wood_splitters_industy_safety_standard_5658
OUR SAFETY INNOVATIONS
Whitlands Engineering is dedicated to designing and building safe machines, and have taken the Work Cover recommendations very seriously. Every machine is the range is fully compliant to the Work Cover guidelines.
Whitlands Engineering redesigned the controls to comply to a ‘zero risk’ system whereby both hands must be on the controls for the axe to move. On the smaller machines, this system is a single hand control, as the axe moves slower.
DO YOU NEED A MANUAL?
We supply operator manuals with every machine and in addition, supply a summary sheet which is stored in a waterproof canister on the machine itself.
If you require a replacement copy of your operator manual, please contact us at the office on 1800702701
Freecall 1800 702 701 or use the form on the Contact Us page
DO YOU HAVE A PRE-2009 SUPERAXE?
Prior to 2009, some Superaxe models were sold with leg control. This old design is NOT Workcover compliant and therefore potentially poses a liability risk to businesses who use them in their inventory.
In order to mitigate any risk, Whitlands Engineering can supply a kit to retrofit these models in order to achieve compliance.
These kits cost $440 including GST. Please contact us for details.