Machinery is a common part of many jobs, but it can cause amputations, fractures, and other severe injuries if you don’t know how to use it safely. By the end of this training session, you will be able to understand the hazardous actions of different types of machinery, identify the hazards of working with machinery, identify machine safeguards and know how they work, and properly operate machines with guards.
Why “Machine Guarding” Matters:
It’s been estimated that every year workers who operate and maintain machinery suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, and more than 800 die as a result of machine-related accidents.
Failure of machine safeguards or employee ignorance of machine guarding requirements are contributing factors in many of these accidents.
Workplace amputations are one of the most costly workers’ compensation claims.
One-third of nonfatal machine-related amputations result in 31 days or more away from work, and some injured workers are permanently disabled and can never return to their regular duties.
- All hazards of the point of operation and power transmission apparatus must be safeguarded in some way.
- Do not operate machines that do not have their proper guards in place or are not functioning properly.
- Remove guards and protective devices only when the machine is not operating.
- Finally, immediately report any problems with machine guards or protective devices; don’t take chances and increase the risk of