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Machine Safety (Machine Guarding, Guarding Machine)

When employees access or work near the control panel in this photo, they are exposed to a series of chain and sprockets that present an in-running nip point hazard. This side of the machine needs to be guarded like the other side of the machine.

Employees who access or work near the control panel like the one in this photo are exposed to a series of chains and sprockets that present an in-running nip point hazard.
Courtesy of L&I.

Machine safety and the use of safeguarding equipment protects a company’s most important assets — its people.

Machines have all types of risk to workers:

  • Amputations.
  • Crushed body parts.
  • Cuts and abrasions.
  • Burns.
  • Fractures.

This can cause serious injuries and even death to workers who operate, maintain, or work around machinery without the benefit of proper safeguarding and work practices.

Safeguarding can help eliminate hazards and prevent a worker from coming into contact with moving parts, sharp edges, or hot surfaces. Noise hazards, awkward postures, lifting, chemical leaks and spills, and hazards during maintenance or machine jams must also be addressed.

Reviewing and updating work processes, training operators, and adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) can help keep workers safe around machines. Include machine safety as part of your required written Accident Prevention Program (APP).

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