The Alexander Kaufmann Prize is awarded each year by the Hirschvogel Umformtechnik GmbH Plant Management to the person submitting the best implemented idea for promoting occupational health and safety. The prize is awarded in memory of a former apprentice who lost his life in a tragic work accident. The prize should serve as a reminder to us all just how important it is to design our workplaces and processes in the safest way possible.
The winner of this year’s Alexander Kaufmann Prize no longer wished to run this risk and considered what could be done about it. The initial idea was to ensure operation using two hands. This required both hands to be on the operating panel when the shear operator makes a backward and forward movement. The splinter guard has already been changed accordingly on eight shears at HUG. The idea will be implemented on all shears of this type.