Full Content is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >

Heavy Equipment Controls Guarding to Prevent Unintended Contact and Inadvertent Machine Motion (A Mechanical and Human Factors Analysis)

[+] Author Affiliations
Christopher W. Ferrone

ARCCA, Inc., Chicago, IL

Paper No. IMECE2010-37336, pp. 457-466; 10 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 11: New Developments in Simulation Methods and Software for Engineering Applications; Safety Engineering, Risk Analysis and Reliability Methods; Transportation Systems
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4448-9
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Powerful earth moving and other heavy equipment should only move when commanded by the operator. Equipment which may move as a result of the operator contacting one of the controls unintentionally can lead to property damage and bodily injury. This situation can openly occur without the operator realizing it. The general scenarios for unintended control contact are; operator entry / exit from the machine, operator seated but “leans” during distraction, operator seated but stands up and operator reaches through window for controls. The purpose of this paper, though mechanical and human factors analysis, is to inform equipment manufacturers, dealers and machine operators of this hazard. Additionally, it will provide design alternatives and concepts that will assist in mitigating and/or preventing these injuries altogether.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



Interactive Graphics


Country-Specific Mortality and Growth Failure in Infancy and Yound Children and Association With Material Stature

Use interactive graphics and maps to view and sort country-specific infant and early dhildhood mortality and growth failure data and their association with maternal

Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In