According to OSHA, workers suffer 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, abrasions, and over 800 deaths per year due to unguarded or inadequately guarded machines. What may not seem like a big deal in mundane, daily operations can result in serious consequences.
Although all machines have the same basic components, their safeguarding needs vary widely, and it’s important to know how to operate and guard each machine properly.
OSHA is emphasizing the importance of machine guarding, and has created an eTool to educate employers of the requirements and how to comply. The tool addresses the general requirements for machinery set forth by OSHA, the motions and actions that contribute to different machine hazards, and additional considerations that entail overall machine and operator safety.
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