Meat and food processors can help to minimise the risk of serious operator injury following news that Interfood Butchery has been appointed as the sole distributor of BladeStop™ in the UK and Ireland.
Anybody involved in the operation of commercial bandsaws is aware of the potential for serious injury. Numerous accidents have caused deep wounds that require surgical intervention, with some even resulting in amputation. This was the driver behind the development of BladeStop, an innovative system specifically designed to address the health and safety issues relating to bandsaws.

The system – designed and manufactured by Australian based company Scott Automation & Robotics in collaboration with Meat & Livestock Australia – works by mechanically stopping the bandsaw blade when the unit senses that a person has come into contact with, or is dangerously near to, the blade. The blade stops operating within 15 milliseconds, minimising the severity of an incident – potentially the difference between just a small skin cut and an amputated finger.

Mark Bishop, Joint MD of Interfood, said – “It was very rewarding that the Australian developers of the BladeStop system approached us when they wanted to maximise its potential in the UK and Ireland.”

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