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How Machinery & Equipment Safety Guidelines Protect Workers

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 10-Sep-2018

Working at an industrial site requires employees to work with heavy and complex machinery. If a machine has an issue, it can inflict serious injuries on workers. It is vital for both employers to follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines when it comes to heavy machinery.

The Worker's Obligation

Machinery should always be used safely and according to the employer’s instructions. However, that means it's the employer’s responsibility to teach workers how to properly use machinery and equipment. Workers must inform employers of any equipment defects that could cause harm. 

In addition, Employers are obligated to create suitable working conditions. Part of that is ensuring all machinery is in safe, usable condition. For employers to provide a suitable work environment, it is vital for them to thoroughly investigate and assess the safety of their machinery.

Machinery safety assessments should be focused on hazardous working conditions that could be caused by:

  • Automatic functions
  • Electricity
  • The equipment's moving parts
  • External structures
  • Physical and chemical properties

Machinery Should Be Serviced Regularly

It is also the employer’s duty to ensure that the machinery and tools are in safe condition. This can be done by maintaining them regularly to keep them in a good working state. The conditions of machinery and tools must be inspected and tested with the appropriate measurements provided by the seller. If the employer determines a defect in any machinery or equipment, they must take immediate action to remove the hazard. Although these are employer’s requirements, they are often not followed by employers. Hundreds of industrial workers suffer injuries every year due to their employer’s failure to regularly maintain safe machinery and equipment.

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