Guarda Systems protects workers from silicosis

Forrestdale, Perth environmental health and safety technology business Guarda Systems has held a live demonstration of its unique water and vacuum dust suppression system on a variety of masonry cutting tools, including a stone benchtop saw.

The demonstration at the Melbourne offices of concrete construction equipment supplier Allcon Group left attendees impressed about the future of engineering controls for masonry cutting, according to the company.

Guarda develops and manufactures masonry cutting saws that provide the world’s best silica dust, slurry, and fume control, according to Guarda Systems CEO, Craig Penty

Penty said: “We are working towards delivering high quality and Australian assembled Guarda products into the market in sufficient quantities to make a tangible impact in the Australian market, to provide a springboard for global success and to bring about a world in which every worker who cuts concrete, stone or brick can do so without fear of dying from lung disease.

“We are confident that our products will revolutionise the construction and related industries and set new standards for safety and protection.”.

The demonstration took place amidst reports of high numbers of silicosis cases amongst stone benchtop workers.

Guarda Systems believes engineering controls are a big part of the solution.

Guarda’s lead product, the Guarda Edge Powercutter concrete cutting saw features patented ‘Tri-Vac Technology’ which utilises water and vacuum, working together to remove silica dust, slurry, and fumes, reducing exposure to saw operators and others nearby.

Tri-Vac dust suppression has been independently verified to reduce workers’ exposure to silica dust and other harmful byproducts by up to 99 percent, according to the company.

“By innovating in this area, and improving on existing methods, Guarda can control a lot more of the respirable dust at the source before it gets into the air.

“Using best practice engineering controls, coupled with other interventions, this hazard can be dramatically reduced, lives can be saved and productivity enhanced.”

In addition to the Edge Powercutter, Guarda also showcased its range of complementary vacuum systems.

Picture: Guarda Systems

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