Altendorf Group wins international safety award
September 27, 2023 | 9:20 am CDT

MINDEN, Germany — The Altendorf Group, a manufacturer of woodworking machinery and technology, was named a winner in the ISSA Section Machine and System Safety Award. 

The company won the award for its Hand Guard Safety Assistance System, technology that redefines workplace safety and aligns perfectly with the international Vision Zero strategy of globally reducing work place accidents to zero.

The ISSA Section Machine and System Safety Award, relaunched every three years, motivates machine manufacturers to pursue excellence in machine safety and ergonomics, striving to mitigate accidents and reduce human suffering and financial burdens on social insurance systems. 

New standards
The Hand Guard safety assistance system, a hallmark of Altendorf's commitment to safety, is an embodiment of cutting-edge technology and human-centric design, said Peter Schwenk, CEO of the Altendorf Group.Integrated into sliding table saws, this system utilizes advanced cameras and artificial intelligence to achieve an immediate disappearance of the saw blade when there is any dangerous approach, thanks to the recognition of specific hand characteristics. This breakthrough not only prevents severe hand injuries but also sets new standards for machine safety across industries.

"We are honored and elated to be recognized by the ISSA Section Machine and System Safety for our Hand Guard safety assistance system," said Schwenk. "This achievement underscores our unwavering dedication to creating innovative solutions that prioritize the safety and well-being of workers globally. The Hand Guard system represents a leap forward in machine safety, and we are proud to contribute to the Vision Zero strategy."

Commitment to Vision Zero
The ISSA Section Machine and System Safety Award winners share a common commitment to technical safety approaches that align with the international Vision Zero strategy, which envisions a world with zero accidents and injuries at the workplace.

Altendorf Group's Hand Guard system has not only gained international acclaim for its integration of artificial intelligence and hand recognition technology but has also garnered widespread adoption across different regions and sectors.

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place at the 23rd World Congress of Safety and Health at Work in Sydney, Australia, from November 27 to 30, 2023. The event provides a platform for industry leaders and innovators to celebrate safety advancements and exchange insights on enhancing workplace well-being.
Altendorf Group expresses its gratitude to the ISSA Section Machine and System Safety for this remarkable honor and looks forward to continuing its mission of reshaping safety standards and contributing to a safer, more productive future for workers worldwide.

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