Machine Accidents

Bruises, burns, severed fingers, crushed bones and blindness are only a few examples of the devastating effects machine accidents can have on their victims. But trying to surpass production quotas or working on "automatic pilot" often causes wo rkers to take shortcuts. All too frequently, these shortcuts can have life threatening results

As with most potentially hazardous situations, however, there are some steps you can take to prevent machine-related accidents and the often grotesque and unthinkable injuries that can result. Quite simply, as a supervisor concerned with the well-being of your staff, it is important to remember that any machine part, function or process which could cause injury must be safeguarded. When the operation of a machine, or accidental contact with it can injure the operator or others in the area, the hazards must be either controlled or eliminated altogether.

Unfortunately, no one-size-fits-all cure exists for machine hazards. Consider the wide variety of mechanical motions that present hazards: rotating parts, reciprocating arms, moving belts, meshing gears, cutting teeth and other parts that impact or shear. It's easy to see why no single type of safeguard can protect workers in all operations.

In choosing safeguarding methods, keep the following rules of thumb in mind:

Whatever type of safeguard system you have in place, remember that it cannot offer effective protection unless you employees know how and why to use it. You must conduct training to ensure you people know the following:

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