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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 1100 workers in the United States were killed last year by contact with equipment or by being caught up in running machinery. That’s 20% of all fatalities in the workplace. Over a thousand people killed in ways that could have been prevented.
Be alert working around or operating machinery:
The point of operation: That is where the work of the machine takes place. It’s where the pressing, cutting, punching, or boring takes place. It’s a place where no part of the body should be. The point of operation may also produce sparks or fragments that can fly toward the operator. Safety glasses are important for this type of work.
The power train: That is where energy is transferred through moving parts like gears, shafts, belts, cables, hydraulic or pneumatic cylinders. No body parts should be in these areas either. Employees should report any missing guards to their supervisor before operating this equipment.
The law requires equipment to be turned off and locked out during any maintenance to prevent someone from turning it on unexpectedly.
Workers should recognize and understand the following when working around machinery:
* The location of machine guards and points of operation;
* The purpose of color-coded machinery alerting workers to hazards and to help pinpoint missing guards;
* The danger of pinch points and the importance of guards on in-running rolls, belts, pulleys, chains, and sprockets;
* Knowing and following established lockout/tagout procedures;
* Knowing when machines have been shut down for maintenance or to clear jams;
* Assuring that machines remain off while they are shut down for maintenance;
* Knowing and observing electrical safety work practices developed by the company; and
* The importance of keeping machinery clean to prevent equipment jams.
The surest way to safeguard worker hands and fingers is for everyone to stay alert when working around machinery or moving equipment, to follow established company safety practices, and use common sense.
Always Keep Your Guard Up…When Working With Powered Equipment!!
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