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. This course provides information for workers who use machinery on the job about machinery hazards, the importance of machine guarding, and safe work practices when using machinery. By the end of this training session, you will be able to identify the hazards of working with machinery and the most hazardous areas of a machine, be familiar with the types of machine safeguards you may encounter and how they work, and operate machines with guards safely. Duration: 14 min
Why “Machine Guarding” Matters:
Every year, workers who operate and maintain machinery suffer tens of thousands of amputations, and hundreds die as a result of machine-related accidents. Failure of machine safeguards and 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. Many nonfatal machine-related injuries result in extended time away from work, and some injured workers are permanently disabled and can never return to their regular duties.
Any moving part on a piece of machinery that could injure an employee must be safeguarded in some way. Do not operate machines that do not have their proper guards in place or are not functioning properly. Never remove, disable, or bypass a machine guard. Finally, immediately report any missing or damaged machine guards to your supervisor.