Video: Keeping workers safe when working with roll coaters and glue spreaders

Black Bros.' Erik Weber shows a safety features on a glue spreader.

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Glue spreaders and roller coaters can be dangerous pieces of equipment on which to work. A nip point, aka a pinch point, can injure a worker in a moment with a simple loss of concentration. But there are ways to keep workers safe. 

Erik Weber, midwest representative for Black Bros. explains these pinch points and the various safety measures that are employed on their equipment to protect the worker.

Utilizing a Black Bros. model 775 roller coater and glue spreader, Weber guides the visitor on a tour of the device from top to bottom explaining where injuries can occur and what is being done to prevent those injuries.  

“The first area of hazard in the infeed side,” said Weber, who then points to guards in place to avoid operator hands from entering the areas of danger. 

“If you notice, all our guards are orange. This is to notify an employer or operator that this is meant to prevent an employee from passing their hand through.”

From emergency stops (E-stops) to barrier guards and more, Weber discusses how these safety features can protect the worker. 


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Larry Adams is a Chicago-based writer and editor who writes about how things get done. A former wire service and community newspaper reporter, Larry is an award-winning writer with more than three decades of experience. In addition to writing about woodworking, he has covered science, metrology, metalworking, industrial design, quality control, imaging, Swiss and micromanufacturing . He was previously a Tabbie Award winner for his coverage of nano-based coatings technology for the automotive industry. Larry volunteers for the historic preservation group, the Kalo Foundation/Ianelli Studios, and the science-based group, Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST).