Scaled Management Systems

An interlocked guard for a guillotine


Various forms of guillotines are used throughout industry and all have the potential of causing serious injury through contact with the cutting blade.

A manufacturer of doors and windows used a guillotine to mitre timber beadings. Concern arose over injuries, mainly minor lacerations, that resulted through contact with the knives


The guillotine was modified to include interlocked guarding made of sheet metal and polycarbonate plastic. The machine could not operate unless the guard was in place, and the operator could view the process to ensure the correct cutting procedure. When the hinged guard was lowered, an air pilot interlocking system would then allow the guillotine to operate.

Hierarchy of Controls:



  • A durable cost-effective guard which provides long-term protection for workers whilst still permitting visibility of the process.